Leopard frog plec has a scientific name


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The plec known as L134 or leopard frog plec has been formally named by Brazilian ichthyologists.

In a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa, Renildo de Oliveira and colleagues name the plec from the Tapajós River drainage Peckoltia compta, after its bold colour pattern (Latin comptus=ornamented or adorned). 

Peckoltia compta is distinguished from congeners in having a bold colour pattern consisting of large dark transverse bars on body and thick longitudinal dark stripes on the snout and head, and a pale line inside each dark stripe running from the tip of the snout tip to the front margin of the eyes. 

It additionally differs from congeners in having the following combination of characters: small dark brown spots on only the fin rays and rarely reaching the interradial membranes, interorbital distance 31.1–32.9% head length, cleithral width 32.3–34.6% standard length and head depth 57.8–62.2% head length. 

The plecs were collected in clear water with a moderate to high current over a substrate of rocks.

For more information, see the paper: de Oliveira, RR, J Zuanon, LR Py-Daniel & MS Rocha (2010) Peckoltia compta, a new species of catfish from the Brazilian Amazon, rio Tapajós basin (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Zootaxa 2534, pp. 48–56.