Isbrücker & Nijssen (1976a) and Isbrücker
(1981a) proposed the revalidation of Hemiloricaria
Bleecker, 1862 (type species: Hemiloricaria caracasensis),
but they finally left it in the synonymy of Rineloricaria
because of the lack of sufficient features to split
these two genera. In 2001, Isbrücker et al. revalidated
Hemiloricaria and created two new genera:
Fonchiiichthys (type species: Loricaria
uracantha) and Leliella (type species:
Rineloricaria heteroptera) on the basis of
subtle differences in the sexual dimorphism (Covain,
Raphael; Fisch-Muller, Sonia 2007). This is the smallest
of the Hemiloricaria/Rineloricaria and is
a reasonably easy species to breed. Reproduction:
The female lays up to 80 orange to brown eggs in a
narrow diameter pipe of at least 1.2 cm. Aquarium
Care: Non problematic in a community or species
tank with good water parameters. Diet:
Omnivore. Vegetable food such as cucumber and other
various foods such as tablet, flake and frozen. Remarks:
First imported from a collecting trip in 1997 by Swiss
aquarists. More information on this species can be
found in the Catfish Atlas Volume 1 as referenced.
Dwarf whiptail catfish
Loricaria beni, Hemiloricaria
Beni River basin. Type locality:
Lagoons, Lake Rogoagua, Beni River basin, Bolivia.
Covain, Raphael; Fisch-Muller,
Sonia (2007). "The genera of the Neotropical
armored catfish subfamily Loricariinae (Siluriformes:
Loricariidae): a practical key and synopsis"
Zootaxa. 1462: 1–40. 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.