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Scientific Name Hemiloricaria eigenmanni  (Pellegrin, 1908)
Common Name Common Whiptail Catfish
Type Locality Sarare (Venezuela).
Synonym(s) Loricaria eigenmanni, Rineloricaria eigenmanni
Pronunciation hem ee lorry CAR ee ah. - EYE gn MAN eye.
Etymology Species named in honour of Dr. Carl H. Eigenmann, Professor of Ichthyology in Indiana (1863-1927).
Article - CotM 2005 October
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This is a very common species. Easily identified by the combination of barred fins and the dark lines on the ventral sides of the tail.
Sexing Males grow short spines in the top of their heads and pectoral fins.
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Distribution Llanos of Colombia and Venezuela. Andean tributaries of the Orinoco drainage.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.4
Temperature 24.0-29.0°C or 75.2-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Needs neutral, soft water to initiate spawning.
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Feeding Adaptable omnivores, these fish will eat most foods from cucumber or zucchini slices to frozen bloodworm or dry flake foods.
Furniture Rounded stones, sticks, and leaves over sand. The fish should be provided with half-pipe type refuges which also often be used as spawning sites.
Compatibility Peaceful and not territorial, will not harm even the smallest fry.
Suggested Tankmates See article.
Breeding See article.
Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2015 Apr 05 01:56 (species record created: 2003 Aug 08 00:00)