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Scientific Name Ancistrus falconensis  Taphorn, Armbruster & Rodríguez-Olarte, 2010
Common Name
Type Locality Falcón, El Hueque River, 11°09’41.4''N, 69°33'24.9''W, at bridge on highway from Churuguara to Coro.
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. Named after the state of Falcón.
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Size 161mm or 6.3" 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 have "bristles", soft tentacles on the top/front of the head.
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Distribution Venezuela, Falcón state, Hueque and Ricoa river drainages.
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Hueque (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Ricoa (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.
Furniture This species occupies upland streams, usually with clear water and rocky substrates.
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 All Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Zootaxa 2345: 19–32
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Last Update 2013 Apr 19 21:17 (species record created: 2010 Jan 27 14:42)