Close-up of mouth
Close-up of dorsal fin
Ventral view, female
Habitat: Rio Negro, Brazil
Four week old juvenile
Pair (Male center)
Ventral view - juvenile
Four week old and two week old fry
Feeding on cucumber
One day old fry
Three day old fry
Eleven day old fry
Upper Rio Negro, Brazil
Upper Rio Negro, Brazil
Rio Nhamundá, Brazil
Habitat: Rio Nhamundá, Brazil
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|Scientific Name||Ancistrus dolichopterus Kner, 1854|
|Common Names||L183, Starlight Bristlenose Catfish
Blå Antennmal (Sweden), Dolly Pleco, Skægfisk (Denmark), Starlight Bushymouth Catfish
|Type Locality||Manaus, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Hypostoma punctatum, Xenocara dolichoptera|
|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. This specific epithet refers to its long (dolichos=long) fins (pteron=fins).|
|Size||100mm or 3.9" 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.
The overall appearance of this species is not as useful for identification as you may think - there are many Ancistrus species which have a dark base with small white dots as colour pattern. There is however a key that differentiates this species from all other (currently known) Ancistrus species - it's the only species with one hard and nine soft dorsal rays (I,9). Also encountered under the name Ancistrus hoplogenys.
|Sexing||Males have head tentacles, females do not.|
|Distribution||South America: upper and middle Brazilian Amazon River basin and from the Negro, lower Trombetas, Tefé, Madeira and Tapajós River basins.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Lower Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Trombetas, Lower Trombetas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Tefé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||5.0 - 6.5|
|Temperature||23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||A blackwater resident that can be somewhat delicate if not kept in similar conditions in captivity.|
|Feeding||Ancistrus are omnivorous with something of a vegetarian bent. Vegetables and commercially prepared food are avidly taken. They also like to eat blood worms, gammarus and most frozen foods. You can also witness them eating dead fish when they find a carcass before you do.|
|Furniture||Prefers wood to stone. Bamboo caves are best but will also take refuge in slate or PVC pipes.|
|Compatibility||Will defend their own territories, but these are small and so groups can be housed in relatively small aquaria.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.|
|Breeding||Reasonably straight forward once the correct (black water) parameters are attained. Spawning follows the typical pattern for the genus. The female lays around 50 eggs in a cave or hole that is guarded by the male.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe. v. 7, pp 274 , Pl. 3 (fig. 1).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 30 12:33 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|