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|Scientific Name||Ancistrus cryptophthalmus Reis, 1987|
|Common Name||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Caverna Passa Três, about 300 meters into the cave, 13°20' to 13°52'S, 46°16' to 46°30'W, Rio São Vicente system, São Domingos, Goiás State, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||an SISS truss - krip toff thal muss|
|Etymology||The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. This specific epithet literally means hidden (kryptos=hidden) eyes(opthalmus=eyes) and refers to the cave species lack of eyes.|
|Size||60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Mature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
A blind species; living all its life in the darkness of the cave, it has lost the need for eyes and does not have any. It still has a slight medium sized spotted pattern around the head.
|Sexing||Typical for the genus with males possessing the so-called ''bushy nose''. Females also may have much smaller growths on the head but to a much lesser extent.|
|Distribution||South America: São Vicente and Angélica-Bezerra cave system in upper Paraná River, Tocantins River drainage in Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|Feeding||Ancistrus should be fed mainly on vegetarian foods. Prepared foods include algae wafers and spirulina based sinking food. Vegetables such as courgette/zucchini, and (English) cucumber are an excellent addition to the diet, along with the odd, small amount of more meaty foods.|
|Compatibility||A good complement to most aquariums, they are not aggressive to other species. Males may fight over territory if kept in too small a tank.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.|
|Breeding||Has been bred. Tank of 100 litre, 17-25°C depending on season, with negligible daily variation, decorated with limestone. Tank was in darkness except for maintenance activities. Breeding and fry care is as for other Ancistrus species.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Revue française d'Aquariologie Herpétologie v. 14 (no. 3), pp 82, Figs. 1, 3-4.|
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|Last Update||2020 Oct 04 00:38 (species record created: 2003 Nov 09 00:00)|