Patricia Torres-Pineda Jonathan W. Armbruster


Se describe brevemente la identidad correcta y la presencia del pez gato acorazado introducido, localmente conocido como “pez diablo” o “pleco” en República Dominicana. Se recolectaron muestras de seis sitios en República Dominicana. Se examinaron varios caracteres merísticos y morfométricos, así como otras características externas, incluida la coloración. Los resultados se compararon con la literatura existente sobre peces de la familia Loricariidae. El examen reveló que los especímenes del pez gato acorazado, reportados extraoficialmente como Hypostomus plecostomus, en realidad pertenecen a la especie Pterygoplichthys pardalis (Castelnau, 1855). Se infiere que este pez está establecido en aguas internas dominicanas y se discute la posible presencia de más de una especie de Pterygoplichthys. Este es el primer reporte de esta especie invasora en la isla La Española.


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Pez gato acorazado, Caribe, Hispaniola, invasión, especies introducidas

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Torres-Pineda, P. y Armbruster, J. W. (2020) «El pez gato acorazado del Amazonas Pterygoplichthys pardalis (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), una nueva especie exótica establecida en República Dominicana», Novitates Caribaea, (16), pp. 20-31. doi: 10.33800/nc.vi16.224.