All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaeLasiancistrus

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Scientific Name Lasiancistrus guacharote  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name
Type Locality Puerto Rico [in error]; actual probably Lake Maracaibo basin, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Ancistrus mystacinus, Hypostomus guacharote, Lasiancistrus maracaiboensis, Lasiancistrus mystacinus
Pronunciation LASS ee an SISS truss
Etymology Greek, lasios, -a, -on = hairy + Greek, agkistron = hook 
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Size 135mm or 5.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Adult Lasiancistrus can be separated from all other loricariids by the presence of whisker-like odontodes on the cheeks. In addition, they have evertible cheek odontodes; three rows of plates on the caudal peduncle; and a modified, bar-shaped opercle. The caudal fin is slightly emarginate to forked, with the lower lobe longer than upper. Nuptial males have tentacules on the pectoral-fin spines longer than their associated odontodes; and transluscent tentacules on the snout that have odontodes associated with them. Nuptial males lack hypertrophied odontodes on top of the head and lack long, bristle-like odontodes on the leading edge of the pectoral-fin spine.
Sexing Snout of nuptial males almost square (vs. rounded in females and juveniles). Adult males of most species (except Lasiancistrus tentaculatus) with whisker-like odontodes at anterolateral corner of snout; males of L. tentaculatus have tentacules instead of whisker-like odontodes along anterior margin of snout. Nuptial males have tentacules longer than their associated odontodes on the pectoral-fin spine.
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Distribution Lake Maracaibo basin, Venezuela and Colombia.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 508.
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Last Update 2021 Mar 19 08:45 (species record created: 2008 May 09 07:08)