Re: NANFA-- OT: Early Imports of "Plecostomus"

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 20 Jul 2003 14:11:26 -0400


Contact Lee Finley, catfish enthusiast and rare aquarium book
collector/dealer extraordinaire.

Chris Scharpf

> From: "Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:06:58 -0500
> To: "''" <nanfa at>
> Subject: NANFA-- OT: Early Imports of "Plecostomus"
> I am looking for old aquarium literature that would document the period when
> Hypostomus (plecostomus) and Pterygoplichthys (sailfin catfishes) were first
> imported into the United States (as display specimens in public aquaria or
> as specimens for hobbyists) and when they became popular in the aquarium
> hobby. I know that Hypostomus were pretty well-established by the 1940s but
> am clueless about Pterygoplichthys. A few articles that I have from "The
> Aquarium" in the 1960s do not address sailfins or just show a captioned
> photo.
> If anyone has any references on this, I would really appreciate learning
> about them. First-hand accounts from old-timers would also be of interest.
> Since this is off-topic, you can email me offline. Thanks.
> - Jan
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