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Loricaria lata Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889  

Image contributors to this species:

Ingo Seidel (1) Hans-Georg Evers (1)  

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

This genera is identified by the teeth of the upper mandible being twice as long as the lower mandible. The upper lip is short, its edge covered by numerous thin, simple, bifurcate or, more rarely, trifurcate barbels. The lower lip has small papillae with long filaments along the edge. The leading ray of the pectoral fins are longer and the upper first spine of the caudal fin is extended. This species is very similar to Loricaria cataphracta from the Guyana highlands and Loricaria simillima. Breeding is similar (read more in Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel in reference). Not the easiest of genera to identify to species. Aquarium Care: Not quite as sensitive to poor water quality as L. cataphracta but still should be acclimatised slowly for the home aquarium. Diet: Carnivore: feed with tablets, pellets, insect larvae, zooplankton and shrimps. A varied diet is important to this species and genus.

Common Name:







Brazil: Araguaia River basin. Type locality: Goyaz, Brazil.


25cm. (10ins)


26-30°c (79-87°f.)




All L-Numbers Datz Special: Habitat, Care & Diet.
Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus, Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005. Pp.944.



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