|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus chagresi Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889|
|Common Name||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Río Chagres, Panama Canal Zone, Panama.|
|Pronunciation||an SISS truss - chah gres eye|
|Etymology||The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. Named after Rio Chagres in the type location.|
|Size||195mm or 7.7" 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.
One of two species from Panama. The other, A. spinosus, has strikingly sharp keels on the sides of the body.
|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.|
|General Remarks||In the wild this species can be found in a water temperature of about 25°C, pH 7.4 and in strong current.|
|Distribution||Central America: Panama Canal Zone, Chagres, Gatun and Chorrera basins.
Panama Caribbean Rivers, Chagres (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Panama Caribbean Rivers, Chagres, Gatun (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|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.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 2) v. 2, pp 47.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 07 10:36 (species record created: 2005 Mar 13 00:00)|