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Aspidoras fuscoguttatus Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1976

Image contributors to this species:

Ingo Seidel (1) Ian Fuller (1) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) Allan James (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

The Aspidoras genera is most of the time difficult to identify to species unless the exact catchment area is listed and this confers to the type locality of the given species and also the markings of the holotype or paratype. The second thumbnail image has been tentatively listed as cf. fuscoguttatus, cf. meaning "confer", an animal that appears similar to an identified species, but without certainty or confirmation. The holotype description describes A.fuscoguttatus as having a narrow solid brown oblique line running from the eye down to the snout which does not show in the second thumbnail image. The other markings are close such as the irregular blotches along the midline and the medium sized sometimes faint blotches below the dorsum of the body and just above the ventral area. The adipose fin has a small dark brown spot. The colour pattern can be variable. Aquarium Care: Inoffensive catfish which will suffer at the hands of aggressive tank mates. Will do well in a species tank or a community tank with smaller inmates such as tetras and rasboras. Best to keep in a shoal of at least four. Diet: Prefer live foods such as newly hatched brine shrimp but will also take frozen food and good quality flake, plus tablet food. Breeding: Has been bred. Similar to Corydoras in this respect but they do tend to eat their eggs, so removing parents or eggs after spawning is a good idea. They lay their eggs in Java moss or on the aquarium glass and you can raise the young as per the Corydoras genus.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil : Mato Grosso, Rio Paraná system, Córrego Corguinho, estrada da Três Lagoas (20°46’S, 51° 43’W), Conceição  do Taboado.


4cm ( 1½ins)


22-25°C (71-77°F)




Nijssen H. & Isbrücker I.J.H.: 1976, The South American Plated Catfish Genus Aspidoras, R. von Ihering,1907, with descriptions of nine new species from Brazil (Pisces, Siluriformes, Callichthyidae)
Fuller, Ian A.M. & Evers, Hans-Georg: Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish. 2005. 384 p.



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