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A new Amazonian pleco

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 04, 2017 09:00 AM
Aphanotorulus rubrocauda is a new Loricariid species from the Amazon River, Brazil. Its most prominent feature is its strikingly long, forked, red caudal fin — hence its latin name rubro (red) + cauda (tail).
A new Amazonian pleco

Aphanotorulus rubrocauda

Juveniles of the newly described species exhibit bright red tails on both the top and bottom sections, while adults show red coloration only on the bottom halves of their forked tails.

Researchers describe the type locality of Aphanotorulus rubrocauda: "The new species was found in fast-running waters of tributaries of the rio Aripuanã basin.  The rio Aripuanã is a dark-colored water river, poor in sediments, having cataracts, large boulders and a rocky bottom."

The new pleco species is described in Neotropical Ichthyology.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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