The pleco year 2018 – a German view

Hello pleco friends,

The year 2018 has passed. It’s time for a review.

Brazil – Positive list

The list prepared at the beginning of 2012, current list is valid.
In August 2016, we learned that due to the threat situation an export ban for some popular plecos is imminent. That should affect 

In the first half of 2018, scientific studies conducted by Prof. Leandro Sousa have shown that the responsible fishing of ornamental fish on the Rio Xingu does not endanger their existence. Furthermore, the dam project from rio Tapajós was stopped.
The affected species may therefore continue to be exported. For now at least.

News in the systematics

In the year 2018, there are two new genera

and we could read 24 new descriptions of Loricariidae:

and two subspecies

The number of new descriptions corresponds approximately to the years before.

Political prospects

On January 01, 2019, Jair Bolsonaro will take up his presidency in Brazil. Already in his inaugural address in October 2018, he said that he becomes due to economic interests take no consideration for nature conservation and the special rights of the Indians. There is a risk that “old projects” such as the construction of the dam on the rio Tapajós or the gold mine near the Volta Grande of rio Xingu will revive and that the special protection of the Indian territories will be undermined.

In Paraguay, I witnessed some professors demonstrating because funding for research has been cut further. In the local press of Argentina and Uruguay was to read that there also research funds are deleted. In these states, many scientists live at subsistence level.

The prospects for the plecos and their research therefore seem to be getting worse.


Particularly noteworthy offspring are certainly this year:

Meetings in Germany

In April we met at the Treffen der Mecklenburger Welsfreunde

Offers of plecos in Germany

On German stocklists, in 2018 I could discover 252 species / forms.

This is slightly more than in 2017. The supply of species has therefore remained fairly constant over the last few years. Obviously, some species seem to have a permanent place in the long term as well.

Of the plecos available in 2018, different species / forms have not yet been reproduced: these. Our task for 2019.

Other South American catfishes

Also new were described the species:

I wish you a successful catfish year 2019.

All reviews “Pleco year 201x”” (2011-2018)




A lot of plecos friends will also read this year’s annual review. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the website of “Welsfans – Südamerikafans” with their pictures, information, tips, … .
Without all your help, this page would not have been possible. Thank you very much.

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