Reproduction & Conservation

Reproduction & Conservation


The catfishes of the genus Rhadinoloricaria belong to a group of the subfamily Loricariinae that likes to hide in the sand. All the species of this barely known genus are close related to the famous genus Pseudohemiodon whose males carry batches of eggs with their mouth until the fry hatch. The type species Rhadinoloricaria macromystax is known from a small cis-andean area in central Peru. Here the area is more and more polluted by strong insecticides that are used for fishing, by ruinous oil pipelines and the missing ecological awarenes of the local habitants. So the rivers get contaminated by degrees and do not provide a biotope for the fishes any longer.  

With this project it shall be possible to protect the few imported specimen by supporting a controlled captive breeding.

We are searching for aquarists with a lot of experience in keeping and breeding Pseudohemiodon related species for assuming responsibility for specimen of the genus Rhadinoloricaria.

Red color morph of Pseudohemiodon

Like all other loricariinae species, also members of the genus Pseudohemiodon are not known for being colorful. But there are three species of this genus that show a reddish coloration in some specimen. As far as we know these specimen are locality variations. The species are:

In this project we like to do some research of the heredity of the reddish coloration.

We are searching for aquarists already keeping specimen of reddish Pseudohemiodon. The purpose is breeding and documentation of the offspring and its exact coloration.