This Ancistrus species
is typified by its unusually broad head flattened
body and its black body colour.The
males head bristles are very thick and not branched
at the end, unlike most of this genera.Both
sexes have fleshy 'tentacles' but the males are bushier
and longer. Inhabits clear running water, to a depth
of 3 meters during dry season. Prefers narrow cracks
of submerged rocks, small passages between superimposed
rocks, or lives below flat rocks on the bottom.
Aquarium Care: Provide caves and flat stonework
where this species likes to hide under. Reproduction:
Not one of the easiest Ancistrus to breed
although it has been achieved by accident.
Diet: Likes a meaty diet which is somewhat
different from most members of the Ancistrinae. Feed
frozen foods such as bloodworm and pellet, tablet
and pre-soaked flake.
Tadpole Bristlenose Catfish,
L034, Medusa Pleco.
Brazil, Xingu and Tocantins River basins. Type
locality: Brazil, Pará, Rio Xingú,
furo do Tucum Seco, near Arroz Cru.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Muller, S., L.H. Rapp Py-Daniel and J. Zuanon
1994 Ancistrus ranunculus, a new species
of loricariidae fish (Siluriformes: Loricariidae)
from the Xingu and Tocantins rivers, Brazil. Ichthyol.
Explor. Freshwat. 5(4):289-296. ScotCat
169. July. 2010 Seidel, Ingo; Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes 208p.