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Scientific Name Loricaria sp. `RIO ATABAPO`   
Common Name Crying Whiptail
Pronunciation lorry CAR ee ah
Etymology (Latin)Lorica, Loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather (a suit of armour made of leather). 
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification When young, Loricaria spp. can be differentiated from the similar Rineloricaria spp. by their more feathered sucker-mouths. In adults this difference is considerably more evident.

This species sports two distinctive parallel black lines starting from the snout and stopping just before the dorsal fin. A perpendicular line joins together these two lines near the dorsal fin. The parallel lines run through the eyes of the fish. Additionally this species displays a black blotch on the dorsal fins that runs onto the body but that stays in the fins range. Two further broad black lines on the caudal peduncle with a single broad black line in the middle of the caudal fin. The upper lobe of the caudal fins sports a filament in well conditioned fish.

This species is also referred to as Loricaria sp. `Colombia` - we now know it is from the Rio Atabapo hence the more specific name used here.
Sexing Lips of the males mouth are bigger so it can hold an egg clutch.
General Remarks The species is collected in a river that is between 5m to 30m wide, with rocks and a few sandy zones. Water temp 26°c. No water plants.
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Distribution Colombia: in a river north of Villavicencio.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Atabapo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.4 - 7.6
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Commercially prepared food ( tablets). Brine shrimp, blood worms and other frozen or live foods are taken. Vegetables and algae are not eaten.
Furniture Fine sand bottom with open expanses and perhaps a few plants but these are not necessary. Driftwood, a few rocks.
Compatibility A good citizen - rather peaceful.
Breeding Female will lay about 60 eggs that are taken by the male and he holds them with his lips. The young hatch after 16 days. Raising the young is not problematic, they eat tablets and brine shrimp as soon as they have totally absorbed their yolk sac. Water parameters of the breeding tank: pH 7.5 T° 25.5 °c hardness: 6° KH
Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Hannes Flössholzer, Das Aquarium no. 408, June 2003, pp 20-21
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Last Update 2013 Jan 26 07:40 (species record created: 2003 Feb 21 00:00)