A medium sized Ancistrus, body broadest anteriorly,
greatest body width just posterior to opercles, then
narrowing progressively to end of caudal peduncle.
Head and body depressed, greatest body depth between
level of pectoral fin insertions and dorsal fin origin.
Caudal peduncle deep, robust, compressed posteriorly.
Dorsal profile of head ascending steeply in convex
arc from tip of snout to just posterior of orbits,
ascending in straight line to posterior tip of supraoccipital,
then descending to dorsal-fin origin. From the dorsal-fin
origin descending in a slight convex arc to just posterior
of dorsal-fin base, then straight to caudal fin. Ventral
profile flat to slightly convex from tip of snout
to pelvic-fin insertions. Abdomen flat to slightly
concave to pelvic-fin insertions, from there, straight
to slightly convex and sloping gently ventrally towards
caudal fin. (Souza, LS de. et al). Colouration:Dorsum mottled dark and light brown with
small white spots on the extent of the body. Body
posterior to dorsal-fin origin equally spotted, and
base colour is dark and light brown. Preadipose plate
and vestiges of adipose-fin spine outlined in yellow.
Sides with irregular light and dark spots. Ventrum
of body with light brown base colour and tightly spaced
small white spots. Oral disk and adjacent area on
chest pink to whitish. Fin membranes lightly pigmented,
greyish, but spines and rays tan in colour with spots
on all fins. Dark interspaces on the head, anterior
body, and abdomen usually greater than half the width
of the spots. 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. Etomology:
The Portuguese word saudades is used to express a
deep longing or profound melancholy attached to a
person, place or experience. It has a deeper tone
and meaning than a direct English translation and
reflects the lead author’s connection to her
Brazilian heritage and her nostalgia for field work
in remote wilderness areas that yielded these museum
collections. (Souza, LS de. et al).
Has a distribution that matches the upper portion
of the Proto-Berbice River drainages: Takutu, upper
Ventuari, upper Caura, and upper Caroni river drainages
of Guyana, Venezuela, and Brazil. Type locality:
restricted to the Takutu drainage of Guyana/Brazil
because the Orinoco populations may be distinct.
Souza, LS de; Taphorn,
DC & Armbruster, 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. 4552 No. 1).p.