Earth tone color scheme of a Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus)

This image shows a female freshwater fish of the species Ancistrus dolichopterus
This image shows a female freshwater fish of the species Ancistrus dolichopterus

Ceramic artwork colors for a Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus)

Ceramic artwork colors for a Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus)
Ceramic artwork colors for a Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus)

Bristlenose Pleco Care and Breeding


Ancistrus is a species of nocturnal freshwater fish in the Siluriformes family of Loricariidae, native to freshwater habitats in South America and Panama. Fish of this genus are common in aquarium trade where they are known as bushynosis or bristlenosis catfish. In aquarium hobby, they are often referred to as bushynosis or bristlenosis plecos instead, but this may lead to confusion as "pleco" is usually used for Hypostomus plecostomus and its allies and is often used as a catchall term for any loricariids remotely similar to that species.

The Ancistrus species show all the characteristic characteristics of the Loricariidae. It includes a body covered with bone plates and a ventral suckermouth. The most frequently associated characteristics of the gene are the fleshy tentacles present on the head in adult males; females may have tentacles along the snout edge, but are smaller and have no head tentacles. Tentacles, tentacles directly associated with odontodes, develop on the pectoral spine of the males of some species.

Males also have evertible cheek odontodes that are less developed or absent in females. They also do not have odontodes along the snout. Compared to typical loricariid (pleco), bristlenosis is typically shorter (4 to 6 inches or 15 cm or less), more rounded and narrower with a comparatively wider head. Coloration is usually mottled brown, gray or black. Small spots of white or yellow are common.

Unlike many other loricarid plecos, many of which frequently surpass the foot in captivity, the bristlenosis plecos do not typically reach six inches in length.

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Female freshwater fish of the species Ancistrus dolichopterus

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