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Scientific Name Rineloricaria teffeana  (Steindachner, 1879)
Common Name
Type Locality Amazon River near Teffé, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Hemiloricaria teffeana, Loricaria teffeana, Loricaria valenciennesii
Pronunciation rhine lor ee kar ee ah. - TEF ee anna
Etymology Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. Named after Tefé, it's type locality.
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Size 140mm or 5.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Often fish sold under this name are the black form of Loricaria simillima. Loriciaria even as young fish have feathered barblels and longer points on the pelvic fins. This misidentification is not due to the two fish looking similar but rather the perpetuation of the wrong identification in various sources. In Germany mostly misidentified as Hemiloricaria fallax!
Sexing Males grow short spines in the top of their heads and pectoral fins. These odontodes (spines) on the head standi in 2 rows and only appear during the breeding season (December until May / June). Outside this time, you have to look a little closer. Males have wider heads and pectorals fin rays; the posterior margin of pectoral more concave;

Female with narrower head.
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Distribution South America: Amazon River basin.
Amazon, Tefé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 4.0 - 6.5
Temperature 26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Typical tropical blackwater is recommended.
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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. Fine sand, tubes, diameter 3 - 4 cm, bamboo preferred.
Compatibility Peaceful and not territorial.
Breeding Optimal temperature 27° C and pH 6.0-6.5. If water is warmer or more acidic, almost all eggs die during 48 hours. Only one male per tank spawns with sometimes two or three females at the one time. He tends and hatches the green eggs (circa 100 per female) for six days. After hatching, yolk sac needs two days to be used up, then feed with artemia or cyclops. The fry grow fast - four centimetres in six weeks is no problem.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 16 (no. 4), pp 34.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 14:40 (species record created: 2004 Jun 28 00:00)