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Scientific Name Ancistrus punctatus  (Steindachner, 1881)
Common Name(s) L182, Starlight Bristlenose Pleco
Starlight Bristlenose (Germany)
Pronunciation an SISS truss - punk tah tuss
Etymology The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. This specific epithet refers to its small spots(punctum=small-spotted).
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Size 250mm (9.8") 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.

A. punctatus is commonly considered a junior synonym of A. hoplogenys however the latter species has long suffered from a case of mistaken identify. A. punctatus is presented here as the large species with a charcoal colouration, light white pinprick spots and a small dark marking just behind the base of the leading dorsal spine. It does not have white edges to the fins and doesn't have an inky black colouration as an adult.
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.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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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.
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.
Breeding Unreported.
Jump to next section Further Information
Registered Keepers (1) madattiver (k: 2), (2) Barbie, (3) bikerman6660, (4) mikelouth, (5) Blue (k: 16), who also notes: "Spawned Dec 31st 2006 Free swimming Jan 5th 2007 Registered breeding Fed 6th 2007", (6) FuglyDragon (k: 10), who also notes: "Male is lacking spots except on belly.", (7) smithrc, (8) AngJo, (9) Bahney, (10) jollysue (k: 2), (11) obik101, (12) Troender, (13) kwakermad (k: 7), (14) zedogz, (15) glyde (k: 7), (16) doodle, (17) Wraith, who also notes: "Currently on loan to a friend who had more room and needed help on algae control", (18) matti2uude (k: 3), (19) Lakatu, (20) saif, (21) ravyk, (22) claro, (23) niknak (p: 2), (24) xander, (25) ltaylor88, (26) greg & glenda, (27) nerdoutlaw, (28) fahaka (k: 3), who also notes: "Got ich when i brought them home and lost three.", (29) jamos, (30) andyC, (31) camtang, (32) Are06n (k: 2), (33) Xandoz, (34) TimO93 (k: 2), (35) AlphaWolf1995 (k: 6), (36) rizla75, (37) Asset, (38) Tamcon83, (39) Mr.Chubakin, (40) Cory Ben (p: 2), (41) LoupeNordique.

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Last Update 2008 Jan 02 03:27 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)

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