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Scientific Name Rineloricaria latirostris  (Boulenger, 1900)
Common Name Whiptail Catfish
Type Locality Rio Mogi Guaçu, about 250 mi. inland of Santos, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Loricaria latirostris, Loricaria paulina
Pronunciation rhine lor ee kar ee ah. - lat ee ross triss
Etymology Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather. 
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Size 360mm or 14.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males are larger, but more importantly, mature males are very `hairy`, covered with hairlike growth on their entire body and unlike most loricarinae that have these spines on the sides of the head, the pectoral fins and the top of the head; this particular fish can be covered in `hair` everywhere, except on the ventral surface. Females lack the `hair`.
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Distribution South America: Upper Paraná River basin.
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná, Grande (Parana basin), Uberaba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná, Pardo (Mato Grosso do Sul), Mogi Guaçu (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 18.0-22.0°C or 64.4-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters This species doesn't tolerate higher temperatures well.
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Feeding An omnivore. Vegetables; peas, cucumber etc. invertebrates too; mosquito larvae, crustaceans (daphnia, gammarus etc), tropical flake and tabs. Sieves the sand for edible bits. Won't clean glass, plants or wood; it isn't much of an algae eater at all!
Furniture Something of a burrower, this species requires open space to move around on the floor, gravel, stones and sandy areas are mandatory. It sinks vertically into the sand by making wriggling sideways motions. It does not dive head first in the sand, like some other catfishes do.
Compatibility Peaceful. It's a very slow, timid fish, so it is suspectible to food competitors. Small, docile fish; nothing too big ones or assertive. Neither should the substrate be crowded with many catfish or other fishes. It can get scared by larger bottom dwelling fishes, in which case it'll rapidly burrow itself and won't come up again for some time.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 7) v. 5 (no. 26) (art. 19), pp 165.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 04:56 (species record created: 2002 Mar 07 00:00)