|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus cirrhosus (Valenciennes, 1836)|
|Common Names||Bristlenose Catfish
Skægget Sugemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||No locality.|
|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. This specific epithet literally means hairy (cirrus=hair) and refers to its tentacles.|
|Size||88mm or 3.5" 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||Males develop soft tentacles on the head.|
|Distribution||South America: Paraná River basin.
La Plata, Paraná (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 Reports||There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Poissons Amér. Méridionale no p. Pl. 7 (fig. 3)|
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|Last Update||2008 Feb 04 13:04 (species record created: 2008 Feb 03 09:10)|