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English edn., 2005. 19cm. Pp.944. 1000 colour photographs. Hardbound.
The family Loricariidae, suckermouth -or armoured- catfishes, contains over 650 described species and a great number of still undescribed forms. Many of these are popular aquarium fishes. This first volume presents the subfamilies Hypoptopomatinae and Loricariinae, and the families Cetopsidae, Nematogenydae, and Trichomycteridae. An extensive introduction to their natural history is given with special emphasis on aspects of breeding and ecology.