|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus sp. (L255) , 1998|
|Common Names||L255, Spotted Medusa Pleco|
|Type Locality||Brazil: Middle course of the Rio Xingú|
|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.|
|Size||200mm or 7.9" 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.
The only known fish that shares the exact same shape as A. ranunculus. Young A. ranunculus do sometimes display spots that fade with age. L255 keep the spots through into its adult form.
|Sexing||Both sexes exhibit the Ancistrus trademark head-tentacles but they are much more prominent in sexually mature males.|
|Distribution||Brazil: Middle course of the Rio Xingú
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu, Middle Xingu (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||Has been bred in captivity, the first documented spawning in 2019 - https://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=48425 .|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 21 23:53 (species record created: 2001 Oct 22 00:00)|