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RobertRRobertR Senior MemberOcala, FloridaPosts: 431 Deckhand
this one was on my 4 wheeler running board after I went thru 16 inches of water. This place is a pine plantation with lots of Wetland areas about 3 miles from wacasassa river but no creeks connecting to it that I know of.  This appears to be a armored catfish but not a Pleco. I used to bow fish up to 10 years ago and have shot lots of Plecos. Where this one was truly shows how invasive they are. 

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  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    Brown hoplo.

    They are everywhere.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Senior Member Posts: 4,796 Captain
    edited September 2021 #3
    Florida has serious problems with invasives. - not only fish but also plants, birds and seemingly everything else…
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
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  • RobertRRobertR Senior Member Ocala, FloridaPosts: 431 Deckhand
    I just saw a video of a guy cast netting some at the creek off of 315 at Rodman Reservoir, one throw got him about 20 or more? of these fish. 
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    Florida has serious problems with invasives. - not only fish but also plants, birds and seemingly everything else…

    Let's face it....WE are invasive, and wherever we go, stuff follows us. 

    If the environment suits it, species will become established. Not just here, worldwide. 
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    Nope. Wrong. Not a pleco, it's a brown hoplo.

    Pay attention.
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    You're strange. Claim to know nothing and everything at the same time.

    Bottom line, that fish is NOT what is commonly known as a plecostomus.
  • FlashFlash Senior Member Chiefland/Cedar KeyPosts: 12,477 AG
    tankered said:
    You're strange. Claim to know nothing and everything at the same time.

    Bottom line, that fish is NOT what is commonly known as a plecostomus.

    But i assume the Pleco is just short for Plecostomus?
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  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    Flash said:
    tankered said:
    You're strange. Claim to know nothing and everything at the same time.

    Bottom line, that fish is NOT what is commonly known as a plecostomus.

    But i assume the Pleco is just short for Plecostomus?

    Yes. And both them and the hoplo are armored catfish but completely different species.

    I'm not sure what point this weirdo is trying to make but the fish in the OP is a hoplo. Definitely not a pleco, as he claimed. 
  • LostconchLostconch Junior Member Posts: 1,097 Officer
    I don't care what you call them they are a pain in the tass to get out of a cast net 
  • jt904jt904 Junior Member Posts: 152 Deckhand
    Ya they're all over the place. Ive seen hundreds of them in ponds in orlando 
    176 Key West Stealth 


  • AlwaysLearningMoreAlwaysLearningMore Junior Member Posts: 221 Deckhand
    I'm pretty sure that the OP's fish is a brown hoplo.  Definitely does not look like a "Pleco".  But at the risk of muddying the waters on this topic even more, most of the fish that are reported as Pleco's are truly not Pleco's, since Plecostomus are actually not common in most of Florida.  Other similar species of suckermouth catfish are much more common and are usually misidentified as pleco.
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,601 Captain
    No. It's AN armored catfish.

    Getting closer though.
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