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Scientific Name Ancistrus pirareta  Muller, 1989
Common Names LDA053, Bristlenose Catfish
Type Locality Trib. of Río Tebicuary-mi, 25°30'S, 56°55'W, Salto Pirareta, Cordillera, 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. Named after the type location "Salto Pirareta".
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Size 156mm or 6.1" 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.
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Distribution South America: Upper Tebicuary-mi River basin in lower Paraguay River drainage, Paraguay.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Tebicuary (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Revue Suisse de Zoologie v. 96 (no. 4), pp 891, Fig. 2.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 20 01:37 (species record created: 2003 Sep 27 00:00)