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Scientific Name Spatuloricaria puganensis  (Pearson, 1937)
Common Name Longtail Pleco
Type Locality Pusoc, Río Marañon, Peru.
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 220mm or 8.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Adult males are more heavily built with odontodal growth from the cheeks and on the pectoral fin spines which are typically thicker and a little shorter than those found on females. When viewed from above, the male has an isosceles triangle-shaped head, which contrasts with the more equilateral triangle shape seen in females.
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Distribution Marañon River basin, Peru.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Ecuador Pacific Coast Rivers, Mira, Chota (Chotano) (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 4) v. 23 (no. 7), pp96.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:09 (species record created: 2009 Feb 24 01:48)