Ventral view showing key ID features.
Habitat: Venezuelan llanos in the dry season
Dorsal view of female
Male sitting on green eggs
Male with eggs
Odontodes on male's head, cheeks & pectoral fins
Pair, female to left
Six month old juvenile
Close-up of tail
2.5 months old, 30 mm TL
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Rineloricaria eigenmanni (Pellegrin, 1908)|
|Common Name||Common Whiptail Catfish|
|Type Locality||Sarare, Venezuela.|
|Synonym(s)||Hemiloricaria eigenmanni, Loricaria eigenmanni|
|Pronunciation||rhine lor ee kar ee ah. - EYE gn MAN eye.|
|Etymology||Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. Species named in honour of Dr. Carl H. Eigenmann, Professor of Ichthyology in Indiana (1863-1927).|
- CotM 2005 October
|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.|
|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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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|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.|
|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 Reports||There are 6 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|Reference||Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France v. 33 (for 25 June 1908), pp 125.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 26 11:32 (species record created: 2003 Aug 08 00:00)|