|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus leucostictus (Günther, 1864)|
|Common Names||Bristlenose Catfish
Hvidbræmmet Sugemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Essequibo R., Guyana.|
|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. The specific epithet is derived from Leucos (greek) = white, stictus (greek) = spotted.|
|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.
See general remarks - this fish is very unlikely to appear in the local fish shop!
|Sexing||Males develop soft tentacles on the head.|
|General Remarks||In well over a decade of this site being in operation, all fish seen sold under the name Ancistrus leucostictus are misidentified. French Guyana, where this species comes from, isn't exporting fish for the aquatic trade, and hasn't been for a long time. A common species sold under the name of A. leucostictus is the Ancistrus sp`Rio Ucayali`, but could be any of the commonly available Acnsitrus.|
|Distribution||South America: Essequibo River basin and possibly all main Guianan rivers to the Oyapock River.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Log in to view species occurence data on a map.
|Temperature||25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|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.|
|References||Cat. Fishes v. 5 248|
|Registered Keepers||Keeping this species? Why not .
There is no registered keeper.
|Wishlists||Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
|Spotters||Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There is no record of this fish being seen.
|Look up Ancistrus leucostictus on PlanetCatfish.com|
|BBCode||(use in forum posts)|
|Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.|
|Last Update||2010 Dec 27 07:27 (species record created: 2007 Apr 14 18:23)|