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Scientific Name Ancistrus trinitatis  (Günther, 1864)
Common Name
Type Locality Maracas River, Trinidad Island, West Indies.
Synonym(s) Ancistrus maracasae, Chaetostomus trinitatis, Guyanancistrus trinitatis, Lasiancistrus trinitatis
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. The specific epithet is based on Trinidad, where this fish comes from.
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Size 127mm or 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.

A large species endemic to the island.
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.
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Distribution Central America: Trinidad Island in Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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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Reference Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum v. 5, pp 246.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 08 11:50 (species record created: 2008 May 31 04:24)