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Scientific Name Ancistrus bodenhameri  Schultz, 1944
Common Names Cucuta Pleco
Bristlenose Catfish
Type Locality Río San Pedro at bridge south of Mene Grande, Río Motatán system, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Ancistrus brevifilis bodenhameri
Pronunciation an SISS truss
Etymology The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. 
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Size 114mm or 4.5" 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.
Sexing Males develop soft tentacles on the head.
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Distribution South America: eastern and western Maracaibo Lake tributaries.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Proc. U. S. Natl. Mus. v. 94 (no. 3172) 305 Pl. 10 (fig. A)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:17 (species record created: 2008 Jan 19 06:19)