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Aspidoras menezesi Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1976

Image contributors to this species:

Ingo Seidel (2) Helen Burns (1) Ian Fuller (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

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: With all of this genus they are 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: Aspidoras menezesi is fairly uncommon in the hobby and the species that have/where imported as such are probably A. taurus  from the Mato Grosso State. Many species of Aspidoras are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment information available. Remarks: A. spilotus is now a synomyn of A. menezesi (2018)

Common Name:

Menezes's Aspidoras


Aspidoras spilotus




South America: Brazil : Ceará, Rio Granjeiro at Crato, 07°10’S, 39°25’W, tributary on left bank of Rio Salgado.


5.0cm (2ins)


22-24°C (71-75°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 37. July 1999
ScotCat Article: The Genus Aspidoras.



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