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Rineloricaria stellata Ghazzi, 2008

Image contributors to this species:

Miriam S. Ghazzi (1)

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Description: Rineloricaria stellata is distinguished from other species of the genus Rineloricaria by combination of the tip of the snout with extended nude area after reaching the previous more pore channel infraorbital sensory or beyond this; abdomen completely covered by three to five sets of plates; pectoral fins reaching just beyond the insertion of the pelvic fins; the filament in the top radius of caudal fin. Rineloricaria stellata resembles R. nigricauda (Regan, 1904) by the caudal filament by bare area at the muzzle, but differentiates itself by not present in the posterior caudal a wider dark stripe feature of this species; It is distinguished from R. longicauda across the width of the body in first anal (4.5 -6 RADIUS vs. 5.4 -9.8 times in length of peduncle) and filament caudal fin absent in R. longicauda; resembles R. cadeae in bare area of the muzzle, but differentiates itself . This primarily by offering 3-5 vs. three abdominal plates and interorbital distance largely (22.7- 26.2% vs. 22.9% in CC); differs from R. pareicantha (Fowler, 1943) by the greater height of the body at the level of the dorsal fin ( -13 9.4% vs. 9% CP) and greater length of pectoral fins that reach beyond the base of the pelvic fins vs. pectoral fins reaching the base of the pelvis; It differs from R. pentamaculata Langeni & Aguilar, 1994 at the lowest length of the dorsal fin ( -5.1 vs. 5 4.2-5.6 times on CC). In contrast, R. stellata have the fins pelvic and pectoral extending respectively in addition the base of the pelvic and anal fins, and in R. pentamaculata these fins hit the base of the adjacent fins. 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. Remarks: More information in the referenced paper (Ghazzi, 2008).

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South America: Rio Buricá, rio Ijuí, Rio Piratini and Rio Ibicuí of the Rio Uruguay basin in Brazil.


11.0cm. (4¼ins)


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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