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Pterygoplichthys pardalis


They also have an exo skeleton,which is awesome. Im gonna try to find my pic of a skeleton I found.


I caught it with my hand for a photo opp, Then released. As I understand yes they are native to the Amazon,but years ago they were released here in Florida to regulate some kind of vegitation. Now, as I have observed they are in the river systems,ponds,& lakes. They have eyelids & when you see them resting by the bank, they are often sleeping so I just grab em, Take a pic,then release. I hope this clears up the confusion. ;o)

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JamieDorton 8 years ago

Thanks for the info S. Frazier.

JamieDorton 8 years ago

Ive caught & photographed dozens of them. I know theyre invasive,but I didnt have the heart to hurt them. Also Im not aware of any problems caused by them.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Pterygoplichthys pardalis is listed in the Global Invasive Species Database

Liam 8 years ago

Wow. Very interesting fish! Glad you released it.

LauraMaria 8 years ago

When you say you caught this, what do you mean? These fish are freshwater and originate from the Amazon... do you mean you took it out of a tank? Sorry, kinda confused! It's a gorgeous fish that's for sure! By the way, this kind of pleco is Pterygoplichthys pardalis :)

JebboCastillo 8 years ago

i saw it on the pet shop and they call it janitor fish.. in marikina river philippines, janitor fish treated as pest..

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

How lovely!

GregMasteller 8 years ago

Where did you catch that sucker - LOL

LindaGuastamachio 8 years ago

What a beautiful fish. I've never seen one like this before. You say you caught it with your hand. I find that amazing. Nice catch.

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Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 28, 2011
Submitted on Oct 28, 2011

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