Lives on sandy bottom where it feeds on worms and
micro-crustaceans. Mature males develop a huge labial
veil and teeth with spoon-shaped crow (versus pointed
ones in females and juveniles). Unlike most Loricariidae,
they don't have well developed odontodes on the snout
and pectoral fins. Aquarium Care:
It is stated that this species grows smaller in the
confines of an aquarium. Provide a sand substrate.
Best to have this species as the only bottom dweller
as they will find it difficult to compete for food
with other fish Keep the aquarium clean as they are
prone to bacterial infections if the tank is not well
looked after. Reproduction: During
reproduction, the males bear a cluster of eggs fixed
to their lips, which they provide with ventilation
during movement. About one week after hatching, the
alevins leave their parent's protection.
Knob nosed Whiptail Catfish
Amazon, Essequibo, Oyapock, and Paraguay River basins
. Type locality: Rio Guaporé,
Matogrosso (Juquia), Brazil.
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of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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www.fishbase.org, version (06/2012). Le Bail, P.-Y., P. Keith
and P. Planquette
2000 Atlas des poissons d'eau douce de Guyane (tome
2, fascicule II). Publications scientifiques du Muséum
national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris:307 p.