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Scientific Name Spatuloricaria caquetae  (Fowler, 1943)
Common Name Longtail Pleco
Type Locality Río Orteguasa, Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia.
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 370mm or 14.6" 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 South America: Ortequasa River basin.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá, Upper Caquetá, Orteguaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 95, pp261, Figs. 60-62.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 19 10:37 (species record created: 2011 Sep 22 10:28)