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Ancistrus punctatus (Steindachner, 1881)

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (2) Leigh Murphy (3) Chris Ralph (2) Vitor Hugo Quaresma (1) Daniel Konn-Vetterlein (1)  Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

There is ongoing confusion with this species. It is similar to Ancistrus hoplogenys (Günther, 1864) in its juvenile stage but it does not posses the rusty coloured edges to the fins as A. punctatus has. Fishbase does not have A. punctatus registered but has it listed as a synonym. It has been given the L-number of L182 and also L120. Aquarium Care: As this is one of your larger Ancistrus sp. you would need to provide a good sized tank and hiding places. Water quality should be kept high with good filtration as this species can produce a lot of waste. Diet: The usual Ancistrus fare with vegetable foods high on its list such as cucumber and courgette (zucchini). Tablet , pellet foods and algae wafers are also much appreciated. Soft wood can be provided in the aquarium.

Common Name:

Starlight Bristlenose Pleco, L182. L120


Ancistrus hoplogenys, Chaetostomus hoplogenys, Ancistrus alga, Chaetostomus alga, Ancistrus tectirostris, Chaetostomus tectirostris, Chaetostomus cirrhosus punctata




South America: Lower course of the Rio Branco..


25.0cm. (10ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Seidel, Ingo; Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes 208 p



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