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
the Guyana highlands and Loricaria
lata.Breeding is similar (read more in Evers,
H.-G. & I.Seidel in reference). Remarks:
This genera can sometimes be difficult to identify
to species. Depending on the catchment area there
may be differences in colouration and markings. There
is a similar species from the Rio Atabapo, a river
dividing Venezuela and Colombia, which can be identified
from L. simillima on the last thumbnail image.
This species has not been described yet and goes under
the name of Loricaria
sp. "Rio Atabapo". Aquarium
such as sand is beneficial. As this species grows
to 25cm a large aquarium of around 4ft (120cm) is
required. A common Loricariid in the hobby which is
not too difficult to keep.
South America:Amazon, Orinoco and La Plata River basins.
Type locality: Canelos, e. Ecuador.
Evers, H.-G. &
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.