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  • Ancistrus sp. (L378)
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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L378)   
Common NameL378
Pronunciationan SISS truss
EtymologyThe name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
SexingTypical 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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DistributionRio Gurupi
Maranhão waters, Gurupi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingAncistrus 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.
CompatibilityA 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 TankmatesAppropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
BreedingUnreported.
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Registered Keepers(1) Lakatu, (2) m1ke715m, (3) kwalker, (4) EBowles.

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Breeding Reports(1) kwalker (b: 45).
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Last Update2006 Dec 19 04:10 (species record created: 2006 Aug 03 00:00)