|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus gymnorhynchus Kner, 1854|
|Common Name||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.|
|Synonym(s)||Ancistrus rothschildi, Xenocara gymnorhynchus, Xenocara rothschildi|
|Pronunciation||an SISS truss - jim no rin kuss|
|Etymology||The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. This specific epithet literally means naked (gymnos=naked) snout (rhynkus=snout) and refers to the reduced number of tentacles on its snout compared to other Ancistrus species.|
|Size||135mm or 5.3" 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||South America: Upper Pao River basin in the Orinoco River drainage. Also found along coastal rivers of Venezuela.
Orinoco, Pao, Upper Pao (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|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||Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe. v. 7, pp 275 .|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 08 11:28 (species record created: 2006 Feb 12 00:00)|