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Scientific NameSturisoma nigrirostrum  (Fowler, 1940)
Common NamesWhiptail Pleco
Nadelstreifen-Bartwels (Germany), Sortsnudet Størsugemalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityContamana, Río Ucayali, Peru.
Synonym(s)Sturiosoma nigrirostrum
EtymologyGerman, sturio = sturgeon, + Greek, soma = body. This specific epithet refers to its black (nigro=black) snout (rostrum=snout, nose).
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe underside of the slightly elongate rostrum is dark brown in this species.
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DistributionPeru: Rio Ucayali
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersNatural habitat is soft water.
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FeedingEats "aufwuchs" from stones and driftwood in it's natural habitat. It is thought that it may also scrape of some wood to aid digestion.
FurnitureNatural habitat has no plants other than floating plants like Pistia,
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesProc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila.v. 91 (for 1939) - pp249 - Figs. 48-50
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jul 12 08:46 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)