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Hemiloricaria phoxocephala (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889)

Image contributors to this species:

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Species

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Relevant Information:

This species is still listed in Fishbase and the Catalog of Fishes as Rineloricaria phoxocephala but the name is currently accepted in some quarters as Hemiloricaria phoxocephala. Issbrücker (Issbrücker in Issbrücker et al, 2001) declared the synonymity of Rineloricaria and Hemiloricaria as no longer valid, and the latter again as an independent genus. The differences between the two genera are based on the positions of the males bristles and the top caudal filament on adult Hemiloricaria which is absent on Rinelolricaria. Aquarium Care: Not an easy species to keep with excessive demands on good water quality. Prefers water movement in the aquarium. Diet: Omnivore. Vegetable food such as cucumber and other various foods such as tablet, flake and frozen. Remarks: Hemiloricaria phoxocephala (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889), are commonly found in big rivers and floating meadows (pers. obs. – LRP).

Common Name:



Loricaria phoxocephala, Rineloricaria phoxocephala




South America: Amazon River basin, Brazil. Type Locality: Coary [Brazil].


15.0cm. (6ins)


24-27°c (75-79°f.)




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