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Scientific Name Rineloricaria platyura  (Müller & Troschel, 1849)
Common Names Pearlscale Whiptail
Amazonia Whiptail, Weißdorn Hexenwels (German)
Type Locality Rupununi River, Guyana.
Synonym(s) Hemiloricaria platyura, Loricaria platyura, Loricaria submarginatus
Pronunciation rhine lor ee kar ee ah.
Etymology Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. 
Articles
Article Link - CotM 2020 May
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Size 140mm or 5.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males grow short spines in the top of their heads and pectoral fins.
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Distribution South America: various coastal rivers from near the Amazon mouth to the Essequibo River.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers, Mana (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers, Orapu, Comté (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Canumã, Acari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo, Rupununi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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 The fish should be provided with half-pipe type refuges which also often be used as spawning sites.
Compatibility Peaceful and not territorial.
Breeding Like many Rineloricaria, this species spawns in open-ended tubes, although at least one report also confirmed spawning on glass (See COTM article).
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Reisen in Britisch-Guiana, pp 631.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 05 14:47 (species record created: 2004 Jun 28 00:00)