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  • Isorineloricaria spinosissima
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Scientific Name Isorineloricaria spinosissima  (Steindachner, 1880)
Common Names Zucchini Pleco
Stachel-Harnischwels (Germany)
Type Locality Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Synonym(s) Isorineloricaria festae, Isorineloricaria spinosissimus, Plecostomus festae, Plecostomus spinosissimus
Etymology Greek, isos = equal + Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. 
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Size 500mm or 19.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Isorineloricaria can be distinguished from Aphanotoroulus by having caudal peduncle proportions that get proportionately longer with size and that become round in cross-section (vs. caudal peduncles that do not become greatly lengthened with size and that are oval in cross section) and by having spots almost as large as lateral plates on a nearly white background (vs. small dark spots (less than half plate diameter) on a light tan background).
Down arrow Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Pacific versant rivers in Ecuador.
Ecuador Pacific Coast Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.2 - 7.4
Temperature 24.0-30.0°C or 75.2-86°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH 15.
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe. v. 42, pp 98 [46], Pl. 5 (figs. 1-1a).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 14 15:39 (species record created: 2001 Nov 05 00:00)