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Aspidoras depinnai Britto, 2000

Image contributors to this species:

Hans-Georg Evers (1) Allan James (2) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Vertebrae: 24 - 25. Differs from its congeners in having bifid serrations restricted to distal tip on ossified portion of pectoral spine posterior border (versus single or bifid serrations along entire posterior border) and presence of irregular arclike brown blotch on caudal peduncle (versus absence). Head with an irregular row of minute pores. The Aspidoras genera differ from Corydoras by their different behaviour such as their swimming habits. The eyes are smaller, body smaller and a smaller head shape in Aspidoras compared with Corydoras. Aspidoras posses a duel fontanel bone structure in the skull whereas Corydoras have only the one larger fontanel. Aquarium Care: Best kept in groups of six or more and are best housed with small fishes that are not aggressive. Provide a planted area in the tank for cover and include a soft substrate such as sand or small rounded gravel. Diet: Flake, tablet foods, small live and frozen foods. Remarks: Many species of Aspidoras are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment information available.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil : Pernambuco State, creek at Amaraji-Primavera road, Rio Ipojuca basin, 08°21’S, 35°26’W.


3.5cm ( 1¼ins)


22-24°C (71-75°F)




Britto, M.R. 2000 Aspidoras depinnai (Siluriformes: Callichthyidae): a new species from northeastern Brazil. Copeia 2000(4):1048-1055.
ScotCat Article: The Genus Aspidoras.



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