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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. 
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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.
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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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2005 Oct 01 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Oct 22 00:00)