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Scientific Name Ancistrus maximus  de Oliveira, Zuanon, Zawadzki & Rapp Py-Daniel, 2015
Common Name
Type Locality Roraima, Rorainópolis, Macoari stream, tributary to right side of rio Branco, 1°09'12.1''S, 61°50'40.8''W, Brazil.
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. 
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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
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Lower Negro, Branco (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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References Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 26 (no. 1), pp 76, Figs. 1-2, 4.
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Last Update 2015 Oct 15 06:35 (species record created: 2015 Jul 07 01:46)