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Scientific Name Spatuloricaria sp. `RIO SAN ALEJANDRO`   
Common Name Giant Peruvian Whiptail
Pronunciation spat you lorry CAR ee ah.
Etymology Latin, spatula, spathe = spatula, spatule + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather; in reference to the flat bodyshape. 
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Size 400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The species sports unusually wide spaced suckermouth growths. The head forward of the black shoulder marking is without even slightly bold patterning.
Sexing Adult males are more heavily built. It is not clear if this species develops the remarkable check bristles other congeners exhibit.
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Distribution Rio San Alejandro, Peru. It is not know if this species is restricted to this drainage system.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, San Alejandro (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.2 - 7.2
Temperature 25.0-30.0°C or 77-86°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Water current should be brisk if not strong.
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Feeding An enthusiastic feeder that will accept most food that makes its way to the bottom. Not an algae eater of any note.
Furniture Requirements are different from many catfish in that this fish likes sandy open spaces littered with flat rounded peebles and small stones, little cover is required.
Compatibility Due to size, this species is probably best kept in pairs or small groups of its own species. The aquarist does however have a vast selection of midwater dither fish to chose from, the inclusion of which will calm the bottom dwellers. Larger tetras or even rainbowfish would be good.
Breeding Unreported in captivity, this species is very likely a lipbrooder.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Last Update 2004 Mar 27 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)