|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Spatuloricaria tuira Fichberg, Oyakaw & de Pinna, 2014|
|Common Names||Tuira's Whiptail
Marbled Xingu Whiptail
|Type Locality||Brazil, Tapajosdrainage, Para State, Rio Jamanxim near Vila Mil, NovoProgresso, 07 43'51''S, 055 16'36''W.|
|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. The specific name tuira honors a Brazilian Indian woman from Mebeˆngoˆkre/Kaiapo´ ethnicity who became a symbol of the resistance against construction of hydroelectric dams on the Rio Xingu.|
|Size||166mm or 6.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Distinguished from all its congeners except Spatuloricaria nudiventris by having the abdominal surface completely naked or rarely with few, very small plates (vs. abdominal region covered with plates); and by the absence of preanal plates (vs. presence of one to four preanal plates).|
|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.|
|Distribution||Rio Xingu, Brazil
Rio Tapajos, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.4|
|Temperature||26.0-29.0°C or 78.8-84.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Water current should be brisk if not strong.|
|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||Keep in pairs or small groups of its own species ''under'' midwater dither fish such as Hyphessobrycon sized tetras.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Copeia 2014 (no. 2), pp 317, Figs. 2-4.|
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|Last Update||2017 Mar 12 12:35 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)|