Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Hypostominae
Etymology: Ancistrus: Greek, agkistron = hook (Ref. 45335); verecundus: Name from Latin 'verecundus', meaning bashful, modest, in allusion to the absence or reduced development of tentacles on the snout.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Upper rio Madeira basin, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56914)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. This species is easily distinguished from all congeners, except A. jataiensis, A. parecis, A. reisi, and A. tombador by the absence of an adipose fin which is replaced by a series of 3 to 5 median, unpaired platelets forming a low postdorsal ridge. It also differs from all congeners in lacking an adipose fin, except for A. tombador, by the naked margin of snout broad and the reduced development of snout tentacles in both sexes (usually absent), and by the presence of two or more plates of the dorsal plate series between
the end of the postdorsal ridge and the origin of the first dorsal procurrent caudal-fin (vs. one or none). This species is distinguished from A. tombador by the head depth at supraoccipital (17.9-19.3 vs. 15.6-16.9% SL), cleithral width (31.4-33.1 vs. 27.5-31.2% SL), interorbital width (15.9-16.8 vs. 12.7-15.1% SL), and by the base of the first anal-fin pterygiophore covered by skin (vs. exposed) (Ref. 56914).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fisch-Muller, S., A.R. Cardoso, J.F.P. da Silva and V.A. Bertaco, 2005. Two new Amazonian species of armored catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae): Ancistrus verecundus and Ancistrus parecis. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 3(4):525-532. (Ref. 56914)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass 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
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .