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Ancistrus macrophthalmus (Pellegrin, 1912)

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3) Haakon Haagensen (1) Donald Taphorn (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google   All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Adult males sport long tentacles on the anterior of the head which is unique to this family. Females usually have short tentacles around the mouth. 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:



Xenocara macrophthalma




Venezuela: Orinoco River and lower parts of some of its tributaries. Type locality: l’Orénoque, Venezuela.


12.0cm. (4¾ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




Seidel, Ingo; Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes 208 p  



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