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Loricaria sp. 'Rio Atabapo'

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (2) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) David Sands (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

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. Breeding: This is a lip brooder where the male holds the eggs in his lips - the male has a larger mouth for this facility. Remarks: This genera can sometimes be difficult to identify to species. Depending on the catchment area there may be differences in colouration and markings. Aquarium care: Soft substrate such as sand is beneficial. As this species grows to 18cm, and if kept in a group, a large aquarium of around 4ft (120cm) is required. This Loricariid is not too difficult to keep.

Common Name:

Crying whiptail




Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America: Colombia, Rio Atabapo.


18cm. (7ins)


24-28°c (75-83°f.)




pers comm: Haakon Haagensen; Aug. 2013



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