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Scientific Name Rineloricaria lanceolata  (Günther, 1868)
Common Names Chocolate Whiptail Catfish
Lanzenharnischwels (Germany)
Type Locality Xeberos, upper Amazon River, Peru.
Synonym(s) Hemiloricaria hoehnei, Hemiloricaria lanceolata, Loricaria hoehnei, Loricaria lanceolata, Rineloricaria hoehnei
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.
General Remarks Most 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.
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Distribution South America: Upper Amazon River basin.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay, Taquari (Paraguay) (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)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Huallaga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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.
Down arrow Husbandry Information
Breeding Has been spawned, see the Shane's World article Spawning Hemiloricaria.
Breeding Reports There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.
Down arrow Further Information
Reference Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 4) v. 1 (no. 6) (art. 56), pp 477.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 18 15:54 (species record created: 2001 Nov 23 00:00)