The work carried out by Covain
et.al. 2016 confines the Sturisoma genera
to west of the Andes (trans-Andean), and the Sturisomatichthys
genera restricted to the east of the Andes (cis-Andean).
Reproduction: Not yet known but is
sure to be similar to Sturisomatichthys
eggs are usually placed on the glass sides of the
tank where the male guards the eggs and cleans them
for up to 8 days, and when released from their egg
cases will be ignored by the parents. A good first
food is greens and brine shrimp.
Aquarium Care: In common with the
Sturisoma genus it is very peaceful so you
should not mix it with any fin nipping species as
the long filaments to the caudal fin can be a magnet
for this behavior. Provide large flat stones or roots
for this species as it likes to "sprawl"
out full length so needs this priority to fulfill
this entitlement. A good water current and filtration
is called for giving a high oxygen content in a tank that
is at least 3' 0" long as this species can get
quite large and needs plenty of room in an under stocked
tank. Will be seen during the daylight hours. Due
to the southern catchment area they would need to
be kept at not too high a temperature. Sexual
Differences: Males can be differentiated
from the females as having cheek and head bristles,
with the females being that bit heavier looking. Diet:
Algae, peas (without skins), cucumber and algae tablets.
Loricaria barbata, Oxyloricaria
Brazil, Paraguay River basin. Type locality:
Rio Cuiabá, Cujaba-Fluss, Brazil.
Baensch, H.A. and R.
Riehl 1985 Aquarien
atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und
Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p. Covain, R., S. Fisch-Muller,
C. Oliveira, J.H. Mol, J.I. Montoya-Burgos and S.
Dray, 2015. Molecular phylogeny of the highly
diversified catfish subfamily Loricariinae (Siluriformes,
Loricariidae) reveals incongruences with morphological
classification. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 94:492-517. ScotCat
23. May 1998.