|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus piriformis Muller, 1989|
|Common Name||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||RÃo Acaray, above the lake behind the dam, 25Â°23'S, 54Â°42'W, Alto ParanÃ¡, Paraguay.|
|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. This specific epithet refers to its pear-shaped body(-formis=body).|
|Size||83mm or 3.3" 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.|
|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.|
|Distribution||South America: Acaray River basin in middle Paraná River drainage.
La Plata, Paraná, Acaray (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Rev. Suisse Zool. v. 96 (no. 4) 887 Fig. 1|
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|Last Update||2008 Jan 14 10:22 (species record created: 2006 Dec 25 04:40)|