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|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus martini Schultz, 1944|
|Type Locality||Río Táchira, 7 km north of San Antonio, Río Catatumbo system, Venezuela|
|Synonym(s)||Ancistrus triradiatus martini|
|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.|
|Size||89mm or 3.5" 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 and while sometimes females also do, it is never to the grand extent of those found on that of the conspecific male.|
|Distribution||South America: Zulia River basin in the Catatumbo River drainage, Lake Maracaibo drainage.
Lake Maracaibo, Catatumbo, Zulia (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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 94 (no. 3172), pp 302, Pl. 9 (figs. C-D).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 09 05:27 (species record created: 2008 May 31 04:24)|