First described as Chaetostomus
marcapatae by Regan and this name is still listed
on some online searches as this species but named
correctly as an Ancistrus by Lujan et al
2015 and also listed as valid on Eschmeyer's Catalog
of Fishes database. 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.
River basin in the Madeira River drainage. Type
locality: Marcapata Valley, E. Peru.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Lujan, N. K., V. Meza-Vargas, V. Astudillo-Clavijo,
R. Barriga-Salazar and H. López-Fernández
2015 (25 Sept.) A multilocus molecular phylogeny for
Chaetostoma clade genera and species with a review
of Chaetostoma (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the
central Andes. Copeia 103 (no. 3): 664-701.