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Ancistrus dolichopterus Kner, 1854

Image contributors to this species:

Frants Lehmann (1 stamp) Johnny Jensen's  Photographic Library (1) Hayley Ahern (2) Elko Kinlechner (4)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

 Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

According to Muller (1999), L 183 is the "true" Ancistrus dolichopterus. In the original description it states that the species has 8-9 soft rays in the dorsal fin, as is the  case in L183. In the aquarium trade and literature, L 183 is  mistakenly referred  to as Ancistrus hoplogenys. 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:

L183, Starlight Bristlenose Catfish


Hypostoma punctatum, Xenocara dolichoptera. 




Brazil: Amazonas, Rio Negro (lower and middle course)


14.0cm. (5½ins)


23-27°c (73-81°f.)




All L-Numbers Datz Special.  www.datze.de 
ScotCat Factsheet no. 134. August 2007.



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