Possesses the characters of the sandy group except
that the snout tip with a globular protuberance of
naked skin, not reaching anteriormost pore of infraorbital
ramus of sensory canal, and variably with a dorsal-fin
spinelet. Can be diagnosed from all other congeners
by its colour pattern consisting of numerous dark
and vermiculated spots on a light brown background.
Differs from the species in the sandy group by the
globular protuberance at snout tip (except for Rineloricaria
and from Rineloricaria misionera by having
fully plated abdomen and usually with four or five
series of plates between the lateral abdominal plates.
Habitat: Inhabits slow to fast flowing
watercourses, with clear to brown water and with sandy
and/or muddy bottom. 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.
Santa Cruz Whiptail Catfish
Throughout most of the Laguna dos Patos drainage,
Brazil. Type locality: Südbrasilien,
in eimen steinigen Bache bei Santa Cruz.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist 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, ( 02/2020 ). Rodriguez, M.S.
and R.E. Reis, 2008. Taxonomic review of
Rineloricaria (Loricariidae: Loricariinae) from the
Laguna dos Patos drainage, Southern Brazil, with the
descriptions of two new species and the recognition
of two species groups. Copeia 2008(2):333-349.