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A new, red, mini pleco species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 29, 2016 09:00 AM
Meet Peckoltia wernekei, the newest member of the Loricariid (AKA pleco) family. It's reddish brown natural pigmentation is beautiful, and like other Peckoltia, P.wernekei is relatively small with an adult size about 10cm (4 inches).
A new, red, mini pleco species

Photograph by M.H. Sabaj Pérez.

Peckoltia wernekei is known from the upper Orinoco River in Amazonas State, Venezuela.  P.wernekei is genetically very similar to P. lujani, yet we see very distinct morphological differences such as a significantly taller dorsal spine and a more reddish base color.

The new pleco species is described in ZooKeys.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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