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. Many species of Aspidoras
are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment
information available. Aquarium Care:
Aspidoras poecilis is fairly uncommon in the
hobby but as 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.
foods, small live and frozen foods. 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". Remarks:
C037 has turned out to be the same species.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, creek upstream of village Porori,
left bank of Rio Xingu, upper Rio Xingu.
Male: 4.0cm (1½ins)
Female: 4.5cm (1¾ins)
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
The Genus Aspidoras.