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Scientific Name Sturisoma nigrirostrum  Fowler, 1940
Common Names Whiptail Pleco
Nadelstreifen-Bartwels (Germany), Sortsnudet Størsugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Contamana, Río Ucayali, Peru.
Synonym(s) Sturiosoma nigrirostrum
Etymology German, sturio = sturgeon, + Greek, soma = body. This specific epithet refers to its black (nigro=black) snout (rostrum=snout, nose).
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The underside of the slightly elongate rostrum is dark brown in this species.
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Distribution Peru: Rio Ucayali
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Natural habitat is soft water.
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Feeding Eats "aufwuchs" from stones and driftwood in it's natural habitat. It is thought that it may also scrape of some wood to aid digestion.
Furniture Natural habitat has no plants other than floating plants like Pistia,
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 91 (for 1939), pp 249, Figs. 48-50.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 18 14:15 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)