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Down arrow Summary of Lasiancistrus
Pronounced LASS ee an SISS truss
Etymology Greek, lasios, -a, -on = hairy + Greek, agkistron = hook
Identification Adult Lasiancistrus can be separated from all other loricariids by the presence of whisker-like odontodes on the cheeks. In addition, they have evertible cheek odontodes; three rows of plates on the caudal peduncle; and a modified, bar-shaped opercle. The caudal fin is slightly emarginate to forked, with the lower lobe longer than upper. Nuptial males have tentacules on the pectoral-fin spines longer than their associated odontodes; and transluscent tentacules on the snout that have odontodes associated with them. Nuptial males lack hypertrophied odontodes on top of the head and lack long, bristle-like odontodes on the leading edge of the pectoral-fin spine.
Sexing Snout of nuptial males almost square (vs. rounded in females and juveniles). Adult males of most species (except Lasiancistrus tentaculatus) with whisker-like odontodes at anterolateral corner of snout; males of L. tentaculatus have tentacules instead of whisker-like odontodes along anterior margin of snout. Nuptial males have tentacules longer than their associated odontodes on the pectoral-fin spine.
Size Smallest 75mm, largest 198mm, average 134mm, most commonly 120mm. All SL.
Species There are 24 "species" in the database
Keepers 8 species (33%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Down arrow Most Kept Species
1. Lasiancistrus tentaculatus (41.38%)
2. Lasiancistrus heteracanthus (22.41%)
3. Lasiancistrus sp. (L178) (17.24%)
4. Lasiancistrus sp. (L033) (8.62%)
5. Lasiancistrus sp. (1) (5.17%)
6. Lasiancistrus sp. (L228) (1.72%)
7. Lasiancistrus saetiger (1.72%)
8. Lasiancistrus cf. caucanus (1.72%)
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Down arrow Distribution of selected Lasiancistrus species

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