All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaeAncistrus

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Scientific Name Ancistrus maldonadoi  Bifi & Ortega, 2020
Common Name
Type Locality Río Salvación, río Madre de Dios basin, Manu Province, Manu District, Peru, 12°55'05"S, 71°27'36"W.
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.
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Distribution
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios, Inambari (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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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Reference Neotropical Ichthyology v. 18 (no. 1) e190070, pp Figs. 3b, 4.
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Last Update 2020 Aug 08 09:09 (species record created: 2020 Apr 17 22:47)