|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus macrophthalmus (Pellegrin, 1912)|
|Common Names||LDA074, Storøjet Sugemalle (Denmark)|
|Type Locality||Río Orinoco, Venezuela.|
|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 refers to its big(makros=big, large) eyes(opthalmus=eyes).|
|Size||79mm or 3.1" 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.
When first described, Pellegrin remarked that compared to other Ancistrus (known at the time), this species has relatively larger eyes, a wider head, fewer interopercular odontodes, and a flatter body profile. Body color is overall brown above, white below.
|Sexing||Both sexes posses soft tentacles at adulthood. In the male they are typically thicker and often branched.|
|Distribution||South America: Orinoco River and lower parts of some of its tributaries.
Orinoco (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 2 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France v. 37; Fig. 1.|
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|Last Update||2016 Jun 17 05:20 (species record created: 2008 May 31 04:24)|