Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
6-7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 4; Vertebrae:
28 - 29. Small, wide, and very depressed body; short
dorsal fin (3.9-4.6 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; dorsal and
fins brownish with numerous small whitish spots, lips
and belly yellowish, totally or mostly unpigmented.
Dermal plates along dorsal-fin base 7-8. Short interdorsal
distance, 5.5-6 times in SL. 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. Remarks:
This small species is sometimes exported alongside
from the Rio Tocantins.
Upper Tocantins tributaries in Goiás State
upstream of Serra da Mesa dam, Brazil. Type
locality: Brazil: Goiás: Minaçú:
córrego Batéias, a left bank tributary
of the upper Rio Tocantins (13º49'S 48º20'W).
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. Haagensen, H., Pers comm. 2013.