|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus leucostictus (Günther, 1864)|
|Common Name(s)||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Essequibo R., Guyana.|
|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. The specific epithet is derived from Leucos (greek) = white, stictus (greek) = spotted.|
|Size||100mm (3.9") 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.
See general remarks - this fish is very unlikely to appear in the local fish shop!
|Sexing||Males develop soft tentacles on the head.|
|General Remarks||In well over a decade of this site being in operation, all fish seen sold under the name Ancistrus leucostictus are misidentified. French Guyana, where this species comes from, isn't exporting fish for the aquatic trade, and hasn't been for a long time. A common species sold under the name of A. leucostictus is the Ancistrus sp`Rio Ucayali`, but could be any of the commonly available Acnsitrus.|
|Distribution||South America: Essequibo River basin and possibly all main Guianan rivers to the Oyapock River.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Temperature||25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|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.|
|References||Cat. Fishes v. 5 248|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Lakatu, (2) ChristianS.
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|Last Update||2010 Dec 27 07:27 (species record created: 2007 Apr 14 18:23)|