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Scientific Name Ancistrus galani  Perez & Viloria, 1994
Common Name
Type Locality Los Laureles cave, Río Socuy, Sierra de Perijá, Zulia State, Venezuela, 10°45'04''N, 72°27'42''W, elevation 650 meters.
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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Size 56mm or 2.2" 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.
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Distribution South America: Los Laureles Cave in Socuy River basin, Lake Maracaibo drainage.
Lake Maracaibo, Socuy (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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Mémoires de Biospéologie v. 21
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Last Update 2013 Jan 07 15:17 (species record created: 2008 May 31 04:22)