Very similar to Ancistrus
from the same habitat and may well turn out to be
the same species. Males as per this genus have bushy
tentacles on the head, whereas the females have them
shorter. Colouration: Black; a few
minute white dots on back and fins, more numerous
on belly, sometimes quite obscure; all fins black,
the dorsal and caudal margined with white or yellow.
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. Reproduction:
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.
Essequibo River basin in Guyana. Type locality:
Crab Falls; Lower Essequibo, British Guiana.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Fisch-Muller, S., 2003. Loricariidae-Ancistrinae
(Armored catfishes). p. 373-400. In R.E. Reis, S.O.
Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist
of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America.
Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2018. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
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JW, 2019 "Review of Ancistrus (Siluriformes:
Loricariidae) from the northwestern Guiana Shield,
Orinoco Andes, and adjacent basins with description
of six new species" (abstract) (Zootaxa, Vol.
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