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Ancistrus marcapatae (Regan, 1904)

Image contributors to this species:

Nathan Lujan (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory   Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

First described as Chaetostomus marcapatae by Regan and this name is still listed on Fishbase as this species but named correctly as a Ancistrus by Lujan et al 2015 and also correctly named on the 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. Breeding: 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.

Common Name:



Chaetostomus marcapatae




Peru: Inambari River basin in the Madeira River drainage. Type locality: Marcapata Valley, E. Peru.


10.0cm. (4ins)


22-27°c (71-81°f.)




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.



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