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Scientific Name Loricaria simillima  Regan, 1904
Common Names Marbled Whiptail
Piskehalemaller (Denmark)
Type Locality Canelos, eastern Ecuador.
Pronunciation lorry CAR ee ah - sim ill ee mah
Etymology (Latin)Lorica, Loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather (a suit of armour made of leather). 
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Article Link - Shane's World Right Arrow Reproduction Right Arrow Notes on a spawning of Loricaria simillima
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification When young, Loricaria spp. can be differentiated from the similar Rineloricaria spp. by their more feathered sucker-mouths. In adults this difference is considerably more evident.

A very variable species that is widely distributed through differing habitats across the several countries and river systems.
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Distribution South America: Amazon, Orinoco and La Plata River basins.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 5.6 - 7.8
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Imports from black water require a lower pH and softer water. The more common whitewater export (which tends to be form that reproduces more readily) will happily tolerate pH 6.4 to 7.8.
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Breeding See Shane's World article (link below).
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference Transactions of the Zoological Society of London v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1), pp 292, Pl. 17 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 13:45 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)