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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 220mm or 8.7" 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 South America: Ucayali River basin.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (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.
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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Reference Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 91 (for 1939), pp 249, Figs. 48-50.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 28 01:30 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)