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Scientific Name Rineloricaria lanceolata  (Günther, 1868)
Common Names Chocolate Whiptail Catfish
Lanzenharnischwels (Germany)
Type Locality Xeberos, upper Amazon R., Peru.
Synonym(s) Hemiloricaria lanceolata, Loricaria lanceolata
Pronunciation rhine lor ee kar ee ah.
Etymology Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. This specific epithet literally means lance-like (lanceolata=lance-like, shaped like a lance).
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Size 95mm or 3.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Several sources list this species distribution in South America as limited to the Upper Amazon River basin but this species has been recorded in many more locations, basically most of South America from the northern and upper Amazon Basin to Paraguay in the south. This is possibly because several similar species exist in this range.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus, Caeté (Acre) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH 5-19.
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Breeding Has been spawned, see the Shane's World article Spawning Hemiloricaria.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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References Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 4) v. 1 (no. 6) 477
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Last Update 2019 Jul 03 10:18 (species record created: 2001 Nov 23 00:00)