L071 - Rio Tapajós
L249 - Rio Trombetas
L181 - Rio Tefe
L071 - Manaus Import
Close-up of mouth
Close-up of dorsal
Juvenile - 21mm
Juvenile - 38mm
Juvenile - 70mm
Habitat: Igarape Piraruaia, (Trib. Rio Tefe)(L181)
Habitat: Lago Geral, Rio Jauari drainage
Pair, male above
Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
Habitat: Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus sp. (L071)|
|Common Names||L071, Peppermint Pleco (Australia)
|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.|
|Size||200mm or 7.9" 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.|
|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||Trib. Rio Tapajos
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (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||All Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 10 breeding reports, read them all here.|
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|Last Update||2014 Mar 22 14:10 (species record created: 2002 Jan 19 00:00)|