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Rineloricaria anitae Ghazzi, 2008

Image contributors to this species:

Miriam S. Ghazzi (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

Rineloricaria anitae is distinguished from other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: the tip of the snout with a bare area oval not extending backward. Once the eye distance interorbital; abdomen completely covered by 5-6 series plates, preceded by smaller cards in the region of pectoral girdle; pectoral fins reaching in most of the first third of the pelvis; reaching pelvic the insertion of anal fin; the margin of the fin flow with a transverse dark band. This species looks like R. jaraguensis (Steindachner, 1909) by the abdomen covered with boards, but is easily the smaller head size ( -23 21.7% vs. 25.9% -26.6 in the CP). Differs from R. thrissoceps (Fowler, 1943) (also with abdomen covered) by the greatest distance interorbital ( -23.3 21.7% versus 19.8% in CC); R. quadrensis, R. felipponei (Fowler, 1943) and R. steindachneri (Regan, 1904) feature three and four series of plates on abdomen. Looks like R. henselli (Steindachner, 1907) by the number of plates in the abdominal series (five), but differentiates itself by presenting five transverse strips on the back vs four tracks; looks like R. microlepidogaster (5-6 sets of abdominal plates), but differentiates itself by a small naked area oval (observed in adult specimens) among the latest abdominal side plates and the abdominal series and to have the abdominal side plates in uniform abdominal median vs. graphics in the middle more elongated adjacent plates. In addition, R. anitae presents the pelvic and pectoral fins, just touching the base of the fins adjacent (vs. fins exceed the base of the fins abutting in R. microlepidogaster). Aquarium Care: As with all Rineloricaria provide long leaved plants or bamboo stalks for them to hang on to. Diet: Omnivore. Vegetable food such as cucumber and other various foods such as tablet, flake and frozen.

Common Name:







South America: Rio Canoas in Brazil.


12cm. (4¾ins)


20-24°c (67-75°f.)




Ghazzi, M.S., 2008. Nine new species of the genus Rineloricaria (Siluriformes, Loricariidae) from Uruguay River, southern Brazil. Iheringia, Ser. Zool. 98(1):100-122.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version



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