Spatuloricaria puganensis

Scientific name Spatuloricaria puganensis
Descriptor Pearson
Year of description 1937
IUCN category LC
Family Loricariidae
Genus Spatuloricaria
Spatuloricaria puganensis Spatuloricaria puganensis


Spatuloricaria puganensis is a fresh water fish from the Amérique du Sud.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    22 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Type
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    22 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize Spatuloricaria puganensis ?

Spatuloricaria puganensis measures between 20 and 22 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly marron, beige and gris body. The also has noir vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Spatuloricaria puganensis is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is herbivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction

Spatuloricaria puganensis is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 28 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 7
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

Spatuloricaria puganensis is most often found at a depth between 0m and 3m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Spatuloricaria puganensis prefers well oxygenated waters in current areas and rapids. It frequents fast flowing waters where the bottom is strewn with pebbles, wood or leaves carried by the current. It can be found not far from waterfalls .

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Bibliographic references

A New Species of Spatuloricaria Schultz, 1944 (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), from the Orinoco River Basin, Colombia - Alejandro Londoño-Burbano - Alexander Urbano-Bonilla - Yecid Rojas-Molina - Hernando Ramírez-Gil - Saúl Prada-Pedreros - Copeia - 2018. Copeia 106, No. 4, 2018, 611–621

The End of an Almost 70-Year Wait: A New Species of Spatuloricaria (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Rio Xingu and Rio Tapajós Basins - Ilana Fichberg - Osvaldo Takeshi Oyakawa - Mário de Pinna - The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists - 2014. Copeia 106, No. 4, 2018, 611–621

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