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Proloricaria prolixa (Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1978) 

Image contributors to this species:

Ian Fuller (2)  

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

Aquarium Care: Can be a difficult species to keep as they get quite large and need cool temperatures and a strong current. Similar to Loricaria lentiginosa from the same location. Both species differ in colouration particularly on the markings to the head and dorsum. L. lentiginosa has a more intense pigmentation to the head and dorsum which is covered by blotches and dots. Diet: Herbivore. Feeds on periphyton growing on the rocky bottom of the river.

Common Name:

Giant Whiptail


Loricaria prolixa




Brazil: Upper Paraná River drainage, La Plata basin. Type locality: Brazil, Est. São Paulo, Rio Piracicaba through River Tietê, Rio Paraná system.


35cm. (14ins)


16-22°c (59-71°f.)




Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus, Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005. Pp.944.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version



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