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  • Rhynchodoras woodsi
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Scientific NameRhynchodoras woodsi  Glodek, 1976
Common NameParrot Doradid
Type LocalityEastern Ecuador
Pronunciationrink oh door add - woods eye
EtymologyRhynchodoras: From the Greek rhynchos, meaning nose, and doras, meaning skin (also a word commonly used in forming generic names for doradids); in refeence to the unusual snout morphology. 
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Size 110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThis species was considered extremely rare as late as 1992; at this time only 3 specimens were known from museum collections (the types of the two known species).>
The ichthyological discovery of Rhynchodoras actually dates back 150 years and is attributable to the British naturalist-explorer Alfred R. Wallace. From 1850-1852 Wallace traveled up the Río Negro in search of its headwaters and those of the Río Orinoco. During this expedition Wallace took notes on and prepared detailed drawings of the fishes collected. Although his collections were lost at sea, many of his notes and illustrations survived and are currently at the British Museum of Natural History. Notes that accompany Wallace's illustration of a species of Rhinodoras (originally labeled ''Doras'' and numbered 175) include the following comments (transcribed by M. Toledo-Piza Ragazzo): ''In a small specimen very closely resembling this [illustration of Rhinodoras] in all other particulars - the head is higher towards the snout which turns down and is produced in a sort of proboscis which is received in a ___ of ___ formed by the produced lower lip - the teeth are similar but are also continued in a row round the margin of each lip - perhaps this is the male - the above [Rhinodoras] being the female.'' This description was certainly based on a specimen of Rhynchodoras, the only doradid genus in which the snout ends in a vertically-oriented bill or ''proboscis'' formed by the upper and lower jaws.
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DistributionEastern Ecuador and Peru (the Rio Itaya at Iquitos)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.0
Temperature24.0-26.0°C or 75.2-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersAppears to prefer a good but not strong water current.
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FeedingWill eventually recognise and accept a variety of prepared foods, even flake, but is best acclimatized using frozen brineshrimp.
FurnitureHas a real affinity for wood. Much prefers to cram itself into dark places under bogwood than stone or plant.
CompatibilityA very peaceful fish, one of the most timid of the doradids.
Suggested TankmatesAs long as they are not too boisterous and preferably not nocturnal, this species will get on with most as it is active at night.
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ReferencesCopeia 1976 (no. 1), pp44, Figs. 1-2.
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2005 September
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Last Update2013 Feb 10 16:05 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)