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Ancistrus temminckii  (Valenciennes, 1840)

Image contributors to this species:

Yann Fulliquet (5) Karsten Schönherr (1)

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Snout with a wide naked margin, evertible interopercular odontodes hook-like; presence of long, forked tentacles on the snout of males; numerous small, well defined spots on body with bright orange colour. Aquarium Care: As with most of this genus it will do well in an aquarium where it will wipe out any algae. Diet: Feed vegetable foods such as lettuce, cucumber and courgette (zucchini). Will eat most aquarium fare. Breeding: Relatively easy to breed where the female will deposit her eggs in a confined space such as pipe work. Remarks: their habitat consists of of small to medium-sized forest creeks with moderate current and a sandy or rocky bottom.

Common Name:



Hypostomus temminckii, Plecostomus aculeatus


Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America: Saramacca, Suriname, and Maroni River basins. Type locality; Suriname.


10.0cm (4ins)


23-27°c (73 -81°f.)




Mol, H.A. Jan, The Freshwater Fishes of Suriname. BRILL, Leiden Boston, 2012. 889 p.



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