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. Aspidoras menezesi is
fairly uncommon in the hobby and the species that
have/where imported as such are probably A.
the Mato Grosso State. Many species of Aspidoras
are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment
information available. Lineage:
All Aspidoras belong to Lineage 2 with the
exception of A.
will prove to be a Corydoras and if a revision
is carried out will be Gastrodermus (Cope,
1878) and a member of Lineage 5 alongside members
of the "elegans group". 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:In the not too distant future this species
will be a synonym to Aspidoras
with A. spilotus also a synonym as they
are seemingly all the same species.
Brazil : Ceará,
Rio Granjeiro at Crato, 07°10’S, 39°25’W,
tributary on left bank of Rio Salgado.
Male: 4.5cm (1¾ins)
Female: 5.0cm (2ins)
Ian A. M. Fuller &
Hans-Georg Evers (2011). Identifying Corydoradinae
Catfish Supplement 1. Ian Fuller Enterprises. Alexandrou, Markos & Taylor, Martin.
(2011). Evolution, ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae
no. 37. July 1999 ScotCat
The Genus Aspidoras.