|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus formoso Sabino & Trajano, 1997|
|Common Name(s)||Blind Cave Bristlenose|
|Type Locality||Buraco do Ducho cave, Serra da Bodoquena, Município de Bonito, 21°08'S, 56°28'W, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||an SISS truss|
|Etymology||The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. Named for the Formoso phreatic (groundwater) system in Brazil where this species was found.|
|Size||90mm (3.5") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Mature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
The only species of naturally occurring Ancistrus totally devoid of pigmentation.
|Sexing||Typical for the genus with males possessing the so-called ''bushy nose''. Females also may have much smaller growths on the head but to a much lesser extent.|
|General Remarks||Discovered in 1992, collected in 1995, described in 1997.|
|Distribution||Cave in Formoso phreatic system, Rio Formoso basin, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay, Formoso (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Feeding||Ancistrus should be fed mainly on vegetarian foods. Prepared foods include algae wafers and spirulina based sinking food. Vegetables such as courgette/zucchini, and (English) cucumber are an excellent addition to the diet, along with the odd, small amount of more meaty foods.|
|Furniture||Reacts negatively to light.|
|Compatibility||A good complement to most aquariums, they are not aggressive to other species. Males may fight over territory if kept in too small a tank.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.|
|References||Revue française d'Aquariologie Herpétologie v. 24 (no. 3-4)|
|Registered Keepers||(1) mini-fée, (2) mante-religieuse, who also notes: "Adult(8 cm),doesn't hide too much,only for the fist 2 weeks I got her.Now it's always one of the first fish to show up when I feed them.Even stay at front side of aquarium in daytime(waiting for food and cleaning deco).", (3) nvcichlids, (4) koter73, (5) gregs1443, (6) Lakatu.
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|Last Update||2013 Jan 07 15:17 (species record created: 2003 Aug 16 00:00)|