Hypostomus plecostomus

Scientific Name

Hypostomus plecostomus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Plecostomus fish can be found primarily in South America.

Natural Habitat

Primarily found in fresh water usually in that of ponds and open river mouths.

Physical Characteristics

  • Plecostomus contain distinct suction cup like lips used primarily on smooth surfaces to help pick up algae.

Quick Facts

  1. Plecostomus can survive up to 30 hours on dry land when looking for fresh water alternatives to inhabit.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Plecostomus is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Although the bulk of the Plecostomus diet comes from algae, this species does engage in carnivorous activity when consuming worms.