|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Rineloricaria melini (Schindler, 1959)|
|Common Name||Dappled Whiptail Catfish|
|Type Locality||Rio Solimões near Manacapuru,Brazil|
|Synonym(s)||Hemiloricaria melini, Loricariichthys melini|
|Pronunciation||rhine lor ee kar ee ah. - meh LEAN eye|
|Etymology||Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather.|
|Size||130mm or 5.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Compared with most of the whiptail catfishes imported, this species from the Rio Negro in Brazil stands out because of its striking adult colouration. Young fishes still show the inconspicuous juvenile colouration. Only with increasing age the sometimes orange coloured, black margined dappled blotches become clearly visible. The species is sometimes mistakenly identified as H. teffeana from the Rio Tefé in the literature, but agrees in all aspects with the description of H. melini.|
|Sexing||Males grow short spines in the top of their heads and pectoral fins.|
|General Remarks||This species is widely distributed in the middle course of the Rio Negro and is occasionally, but rarely, imported via Manaus.|
|Distribution||Middle course of the Rio Negro, Brazil.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Middle Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||4.5 - 6.5|
|Other Parameters||Soft water is required for this species.|
|Feeding||Adaptable omnivores, these fish will eat most foods from cucumber or zucchini slices to frozen bloodworm or dry flake foods.|
|Furniture||The fish should be provided with half-pipe type refuges which also often be used as spawning sites.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful and not territorial.|
|Breeding Reports||There is but a single breeding report, read it here.|
|References||Ark. Zool. v. 12 (no. 26) 387 Fig. 1|
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|Last Update||2019 Jun 23 05:50 (species record created: 2001 Nov 23 00:00)|