Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Hypostominae
Etymology: Ancistrus: Greek, agkistron = hook (Ref. 45335); galani: Named for Carlos Galan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. High altitude; 11°N - 10°N
South America: Los Laureles Cave in Socuy River basin, Lake Maracaibo drainage, Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36713)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Reduced ocular orbits (orbital diameter with a ratio 10.1 to 12.4 times the head length); absent or atrophied eye balls; body unpigmented. Depressed head; naked anterior portion of mouth, belly and breast; lips papillated; a reduced barbel at corners of the mouth; no dermal cirri in the snout; hooked preopercular spines, 13-16, the longest is 3.11-4.28 times smaller than the interorbital length; 3 unkeeled plates bordering the supraoccipital posteriorly, the middle not divided in the midline. Body depressed and caudal fin convex with lower lobe longest.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Proudlove, G.S., 1998. Checklist of cave-dwelling fishes of the world, to 1998. Unpublished. (Ref. 27299)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01445 (0.00668 - 0.03127), b=2.97 (2.79 - 3.15), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .