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Scientific NameLoricaria simillima  Regan, 1904
Common NamesMarbled Whiptail
Piskehalemaller (Denmark)
Type LocalityCanelos, e. Ecuador.
Pronunciationlorry CAR ee ah - sim ill ee mah
Etymology(Latin)Lorica, Loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather (a suit of armour made of leather). 
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationWhen young, Loricaria spp. can be differentiated from the similar Rineloricaria spp. by their more feathered sucker-mouths. In adults this difference is considerably more evident.

A very variable species that is widely distributed through differing habitats across the several countries and river systems.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon, Orinoco and La Plata River basins.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.6 - 7.8
Temperature24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersImports from black water require a lower pH and softer water. The more common whitewater export (which tends to be form that reproduces more readily) will happily tolerate pH 6.4 to 7.8.
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BreedingSee Shane's World article (link below).
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ReferencesTrans. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1) - pp292 - Pl. 17 (fig. 2)
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Last Update2009 Apr 02 13:50 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)