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Scientific NameHemiodontichthys acipenserinus  (Kner, 1853)
Common NameKnobnose Whiptail Catfish
Type LocalityRio Guaporé, Rondônia, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Hemiodon acipenserinus
PronunciationHEMI oh daunt ICK thiss
Etymology(Greek)Hemi=half + (Greek)odous=tooth + (Greek)ichthys=fish. 
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Size 134mm or 5.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingMature males develop a huge labial veil and teeth with spoon-shaped crowns (versus pointed tooth crowns in females and juveniles).
General RemarksUnlike most Loricariidae, they don't have well developed odontodes on the snout and pectoral fins.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon, Essequibo, Oyapock, and Paraguay River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers, Oyapock (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersLives on sandy bottom where it feeds on worms and micro-crustaceans.
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BreedingDuring reproduction, the males bear a cluster of eggs fixed to their lips, which they provide with ventilation during movement. About one week after hatching, the fry leave their parent's protection.
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ReferencesDenkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 6 92 [28] Pl. 7 (fig. 2a-c)
Registered Keepers(1) Walter, (2) Tommi, (3) kiwiplymouth (k: 11), (4) Anni (k: 5), (5) hankinswood, (6) Tchitchou44, (7) Manon des sources, (8) zipper, (9) iafr11 (k: 4), (10) Mol_PMB, who also notes: "Sadly lost one to a bacterial infection of the tail which did not respond to meds.", (11) CharlieM9 (p: 2), (12) jac (k: 8), (13) Andrewjw (k: 8), (14) fishy1 (k: 2), (15) CodOnMyRod, (16) mad357 (p: 2), (17) DHarris (p: 2), (18) thefredpit.

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Breeding Reports(1) Andrewjw (b: 49), (2) CodOnMyRod (b: 49), (3) Rita Aspevik (b: 47), (4) CharlieM9 (b: 46), (5) Steff_ (b: 9).
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Last Update2017 Jul 31 14:17 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)