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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. `CUCUTA`   
Common Name Cucuta Bristlenose Pleco
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.

This Ancistrus, showing a networked body colouration and generally lacking light spots, has often been exported with different identifications from the region around Cucuta, Colombia. The identity is confounded by the geography of Cucuta, which has streams draining north towards Maracaibo and east to the Orinoco. This fish is not likely Ancistrus martini, which is a dark fish with light spots, but might be a variant of A. triradiatus, which has a wide distribution and has variable colouration. Whether this fish is a local colour variation of A. triradiatus or an undescribed species remains to be determined.
Sexing Males develop soft tentacles on the head and while sometimes females also do, it is never to the grand extent of those found on that of the conspecific male.
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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. User data.
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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Last Update 2022 Sep 24 09:39 (species record created: 2020 Aug 02 07:09)