Known by its common name of
'The Crying whiptail' due to the two black stripes
that run on top of the head and through the eye to
the end of the snout. The dorsal has a large black
blotch which sometimes takes up the whole dorsal fin
and runs down into the body. Description:
A new species of Loricaria is described from
the upper Amazon River basin, Colombia. The new species
is distinguished from its congeners primarily by having
the dorsal portion of head with uniform black or dark
brown colouration extending to three or four plates
posterior to dorsal fin base, or with two longitudinal
bands from tip of the snout to origin of dorsal fin;
abdominal plates tightly joined and completely covering
the median abdominal space and pectoral girdle; and
pectoral and dorsal fins totally black or dark brown,
without bands, spots, or blotches. The new species
is further distinguished by plate counts, and body
measurements (Londoño-Burbano A. et al. 2023).Aquarium Care:Soft substrate such as sand is beneficial.
High oxygen levels, frequent water changes and strong
filtration is called upon. Provide plants and bogwood
for shelter. Diet: aufwuchs feeder.
Etymology: The specific name nimairaco
in the Uitoto-Muinane language from Peru, means “house
of a wise man” (Minor, Hendrich-Minor, 2008:86).
In tribute to our friend and colleague, José
Iván Mojica, late professor of the Instituto
de Ciencias Naturales de la Universidad Nacional de
Colombia. His contributions to Colombian ichthyology
(biology, ecology, systematics, and biogeography of
freshwater fishes) have made it possible to advance
in the conservation of the country’s fishes
and rivers, such as the Amazon, the river that was
always the home of the wise. A noun in apposition
(Londoño-Burbano A. et al. 2023).
Crying Whiptail, Rio Atabapo
South America:Colombia, Putumayo, Puerto Asís, Putumayo
River, Rio Atabapo.
in the News2023.
Haakon Haagensen. pers comm. Aug. 2013.
Londoño-Burbano A, Urbano-Bonilla A, Thomas MR,
Britto MR. A new species of Loricaria
(Loricariidae: Loricariinae) from the upper Amazon River
basin, Colombia. Neotrop Ichthyol. 2023; 21(3):e230008.