Paraloricaria Isbruecker , 1979

Raphael Covain & Sonia Fisch-Muller, 2007, The genera of the Neotropical armored catfish subfamily Loricariinae (Siluriformes: Loricariidae): a practical key and synopsis., Zootaxa 1462, pp. 1-40: 33

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Paraloricaria Isbruecker , 1979


Paraloricaria Isbruecker, 1979  ZBK  .

Type species: Loricaria vetula Valenciennes, 1836  ZBK  .

Holotype: MNHN A.8996, no type locality, described by Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes (1840: 466) from the surroundings of Buenos-Aires . 

Gender: feminine.

This genus is distributed in the southern part of the continent in the Paraguay, Uruguay, and La Plata River basins. Males Paraloricaria  ZBK  are abdomino-lip brooders (Reis & Pereira 2000). It is assigned to the Loricaria  ZBK  group but it shows characteristics that possibly represent close phylogenetic relationship with representatives of the Pseudohemiodon  ZBK  group (a group established on the basis of a filamentous structure of the lips as also found in the Loricaria  ZBK  group). In particular, it shows a strongly flattened body, weak postorbital notches, long and ramified maxillary barbels, and overall, conspicuous fringed barbels. Three valid species are assigned to this genus (Ferraris 2003).


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