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)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Trombetas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Tefé (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)|