Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Ancistrinae
Etymology: Ancistrus: Greek, agkistron = hook (Ref. 45335); tombador: Specific name tombador refers to Serra do Tombador, where the type locality is located.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54498)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5;
Vertebrae: 28. Can be easily distinguished from all congeners except Ancistrus reisi and A. jataiensis by lacking adipose fin. A series of 3 to 5 median, unpaired platelets forming a low crest is present in place of adipose fin. Platelets are followed by at least two dermal plates (more often three) of the dorso-lateral series that join dorsally, vs. platelets nearly immediately followed by the plate-like procurrent caudal rays in A. reisi and A. jataiensis. It further differs from all species of Ancistrus by the unique combination of the following characters: naked margin of snout large and tentacles usually absent in both sexes, body very narrow (cleithral width 27.5-31.2% SL, mean 29.4), and long caudal peduncle particularly depressed (depth 8.3-9.2% SL, mean 8.7) (Ref. 54498).
Inhabits small rivers (Ref. 54498).
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. Three new species of Ancistrus Kner (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the upper Tapajós and Tocantins rivers. Rev. Suisse de Zoologie 112(2):559-572. (Ref. 54498)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00370 - 0.01627), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .