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Scientific NameSqualiforma emarginata  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common NamesL011, Red Fin Thresher Pleco
L108, L116
Type LocalityProbably from Brazil.
EtymologySqualis (shark) and 'form' is a reference to the shark like form of the fish. 
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Size 400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAn elongate species that appears widespread throughout the Amazon and correspondingly has acquired a series of L numbers. We are talking about a very widely distributed, variable species. In terms of distribution and regional variation this species is to the Loricariidae what Corydoras aeneus is to the Callichthyidae. Can be most readily distinguished by its long crescent shaped caudal fin which has a red or orange outer margin.
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DistributionL011 - Brazil: Rio Xingú at Altamira.
L108 - Ecuador: Upper Rio Napo.
Brazil, Pará, Rio Trombeta (Oriximiná)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Trombetas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo, Upper Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.4 - 7.2
Temperature25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH 5-5.8
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FeedingAn adaptible omnivore with a preference towards greens. Cucumber or similar should be offered periodically but this fish with do well an most sinking pellet food.
FurnitureOpen shaded spaces sized appropriately to the fish, this fish likes to swim in and out fast and so space must be given to avoid mistakes when the fish is in flight. Large terracotta pipes are ideal, doesn't appear to have a requirement for bogwood or plants.
CompatibilityRequires space as an adult fish as is more flighty than, say, Pterygoplichthys spp. Peaceful with plecos even one third of its size.
Suggested TankmatesMedium to large sized community fish and ideal and pretty addition to a south american cichlid tank, will withstand life in a well oxygenated discus tank and is a good pleco as such as it rarely leaves the bottom.
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ReferencesL108 - DATZ 9/1992 p552
L116 - DATZ 10/1992 pp619-620.
Registered Keepers(1) natefrog, (2) Floody, (3) lordotterby, (4) naython_sinboorn, (5) cich_cat, (6) dr_philatelist, (7) Syokoy, (8) Juand15, (9) fahaka (k: 2), who also notes: "Love Zuchinni and will come to the top to eat it.", (10) retroculus (k: 2), (11) ColumbianChocolate, (12) tiffanyjayne, (13) Travis Webb, (14) wobbler (k: 5), (15) Amazonka, (16) SimenAndre, (17) dmfd0331.

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Breeding Reports(1) wobbler (b: 45).
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Last Update2017 Mar 12 12:35 (species record created: 2001 Nov 24 00:00)