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  • Ancistrus multispinis
  • Ancistrus multispinis
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Scientific Name Ancistrus multispinis  (Regan, 1912)
Common Name Bristlenose Catfish
Type Locality Rio Humboldt, Rio Itapocú, Santa Catherina, southeastern Brazil.
Synonym(s) Hemiancistrus albocinctus, Peckoltia albocincta, Xenocara multispinis
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. 
Down arrow Species Information
Size 142mm or 5.6" 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 and while sometimes females also do, it is never to the grand extent of those found on that of the conspecific male.
Down arrow Habitat Information
Distribution Atlantic coastal drainages of eastern Brazil from Macacú River to Maquiné River, Brazil.
Rio Grande Do Sul State Waters, Maquiné (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Rio de Janeiro State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Sao Paulo State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Paraná State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Rio Grande Do Sul State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Santa Catarina State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Down arrow Husbandry Information
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 but a single breeding report, read it here.
Down arrow Further Information
Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1912 (pt 3) (art. 36), pp 668, Pl. 76 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 09 05:31 (species record created: 2008 May 31 04:24)