Parancistrus aurantiacus – Xanto Rubber Plecostomus

Xanto Rubber Pleco

Scientific classification
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Subfamily: Hypostominae
Tribe: Ancistrini
Genus: Parancistrus
Species: P. aurantiacus
Common Names:  Xanto Pleco, Chubby Pleco, Rubber Pleco

Parancistrus aurantiacus is a species of Loricariidae armored catfish native to Brazil and Peru where it occurs in the Ucayali, Tocantins River, Tocantins and Xingu Rivers. This species grows to a length of varying accounts between 7.6 in – 8.7in.

Fun Fact:
P. aurantiacus are able to change from a dull grey brown into striking golden color. This morphing appears to be under the fishes control and they can be found in any state of patchwork coloration in between all gold or all grey. This is not a one way process, grey individuals have been recorded returning to gold once acclimatized by this is not the norm. Isn’t this interesting?


Mystix212 from Brisbane, Australia

Mystix212 from Brisbane, Australia


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