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New species of pleco named after smallpox

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 26, 2015 09:00 AM
A new loricariid (suckermouth armored catfish) has been formally described. Parotocinclus variola was named after smallpox (yes, the infectious disease) because of all the small dark dots that blanket the fish from head to tail.
New species of pleco named after smallpox

Parotocinclus variola

Parotocinclus variola is described from the Amazon River, Brazil.  As far as loricarrids go, Parotocinclus are one of the smallest genera, and P.variola in particularly appears to be very small, with no collected specimen exceeding one inch (30mm) in length.


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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