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Ancistrus brevifilis Eigenmann, 1920

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Males as per this genus have bushy tentacles on the head, whereas the females have them shorter. An unremarkable looking species with a reticulated body pattern and white tips to the dorsal and caudal fins when young. Found only in Venezuela. Aquarium Care: The Ancistrus genera make good community fish where they do not grow too big for the aquarium. Some species have different requirements in the aquarium so best to read up on the species you have whereas if they need higher oxygen requirements or not, or if they prefer cooler waters if they originate from the southern parts of South America against the species from further up north. Diet: Vegetable foods such as cucumber and courgette and also tablet and meaty foods. Breeding: Lay their eggs in caves as a cluster and the first signs of the breeding process is a few tiny fry darting around the community tank.

Common Name:







South America: Venezuela, Tuy River basin. Type locality: El Concejo, Rio Tiquirito, Venezuela.


11.5cm. (4½ins)


22-27°c (71-81°f.)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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