Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 4; Vertebrae: 28.
A small species with very depressed, wide body; short
dorsal fin (3.6-4.1 times in SL); wide mouth; a small
area of supraoccipital plate often depressed, slightly
granular or without odontodes; exposed part of nuchal
plate minute or totally covered by skin. Dermal plates
along dorsal-fin base 6-7. Short interdorsal distance,
5.1-5.5 times in SL. Colouration:
Dorsal and fins brownish with numerous small whitish
spots, lips and belly yellowish, totally or mostly
unpigmented. 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. Also
prefers soft wood in the diet. 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. Remarks:
Sometimes exported alongside Ancistrus minutes
from the Rio Tocantins.
Upper Tocantins River basin, Brazil. Type
locality: Brazil: Goiás: Minaçú:
córrego Água Boa: small tributary of
rio Bonito, a left bank tributary of the upper rio
Tocantins, 10 km from Minaçú on road
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., R. Mazzoni and C. Weber,
2001. Genetic and morphological evidences for two
new sibling species of Ancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae)
in upper rio Tocantins drainage, Brazil. Ichthyol.
Explor. Freshwat. 12(4):289-304. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (03/2016).