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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. (LDA016)   
Common Name LDA016
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. 
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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.
General Remarks Fish sold as LDA16 in shops may well be Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus in the calico form. This note is correct on the date of writing in July 2008, where distributors (commercial breeders) showing A. cf. cirrhosus pictures are listing these as LDA16. Genuine LDA16 are not known to be commercially captive bred.
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Distribution Exported from Brazil.
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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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2012 Mar 10 05:02 (species record created: 2008 May 17 09:49)