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  • Ancistrus sp. `RIO TOCANTINS II`
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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. `RIO TOCANTINS II`   
Common Name Green Medusa Pleco
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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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.
General Remarks A green coluored Ancistrus with a wide, flattened body shape akin to A. ranunculus. Some similarity to A. stigmaticus, but there is no recent material to compare with, and this Ancistrus occurs in a more northern area (Maranhão state vs. Goiá State).
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Distribution First collected in a tributary of the Rio Tocantins in Northeast Brazil, Maranhão State.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (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 All Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2020 Apr 13 02:18 (species record created: 2020 Apr 11 08:57)