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  • Rineloricaria caracasensis
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Scientific Name Rineloricaria caracasensis  (Bleeker, 1862)
Common Name Caracas Whiptail Catfish
Type Locality Caracas, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Hemiloricaria caracasensis
Pronunciation rhine lor ee kar ee ah.
Etymology Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. The specific epithet, caracasensis, is after the city of Caracas, Venezuela
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males grow short spines in the top of their heads and pectoral fins.
General Remarks Given this animal's restricted range, it is unlikely it has ever been imported by the aquarium trade.
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Distribution Restricted to the Rio Tuy coastal drainage, Venezuela.
Tuy (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.6 - 7.5
Temperature 23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Enjoys current.
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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. Typically found in piedmont streams and rivers over a mixed substrate of stones, gravel, and sand.
Compatibility Peaceful and not territorial.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Down arrow Further Information
Reference Atlas ichthyologique des Indes Orientales Néêrlandaises, pp 3.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 23 12:40 (species record created: 2005 Jul 20 00:00)