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Scientific Name Ancistrus tolima  Taphorn, Armbruster, Villa-Navarro & Ray, 2013
Common Name
Type Locality Quebrada El Pascado, 3.599306°N, -74.854556°W, vereda San Pablo, municipio de Dolores, departamento de Tolima, Colombia.
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. tolima is a noun in apposition, and refers to the princess Yulima who was executed and martyred by the Spanish conquistadores, and to the Department of Tolima, where the type locality is located.
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Size 77mm or 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 develop soft tentacles on the head.
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Distribution South America: Upper Magdalena River drainage, subdrainage río Prado in Colombia.
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Magdalena, Upper Magdalena (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 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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Reference Zootaxa 3641 (no. 4), pp 360, Figs. 10-11.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 02:57 (species record created: 2014 Jul 02 19:21)