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Scientific NameAncistrus sericeus  (Cope, 1872)
Common Name
Type LocalityRío Ambyiacu, Peru.
Synonym(s)Chaetostoma sericeus, Chaetostomus sericeus
Pronunciationan SISS truss
EtymologyThe name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. 
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Size 50mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
SexingMales develop soft tentacles on the head.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
DistributionAmpiyacu River basin, Peru.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Ampiyacu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingAncistrus 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.
CompatibilityA 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 TankmatesAppropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
BreedingAll Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.
Jump to next section Further Information
ReferencesProceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 23, pp 288.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2017 Jun 22 11:50 (species record created: 2017 Jan 04 13:50)