Acanthicus adonis

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Acanthicus adonis
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Subfamily: Ancistrinae
Tribe: Ancistrini
Genus: Acanthicus
Species: A. adonis
Binomial name
Acanthicus adonis
Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1988

Acanthicus adonis, the adonis pleco, is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil. Though originally described from the lower Tocantins River, it is found more widely in the Amazon Basin.[1] It is among the largest armored catfish species and reaches a length of 1 m (3.3 ft).[1]

The adonis pleco is dark brown to black with numerous white spots as a juvenile. As the fish matures, the spots fade. These plecos have slender, rough bodies, lyre-shaped tails, and pointed snouts. These fish are omnivores. Driftwood is also appreciated for grazing. Adonis plecos reach a considerable size and adults can be aggressive; they are only suitable for very large aquaria.[1]


  1. ^ a b c PlanetCatfish: Acanthicus adonis. Retrieved 17 May 2013