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Aspidoras rochai Ihering, 1907

Image contributors to this species:

Ingo Seidel (1) R. von Ihering, 1907 (1) Allan James (1)

ScotCat Sources:

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: Aspidoras raimundi 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. 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. As far as can be ascertained this species has never been seen in the hobby. (2012). The first specimen pictured is similar to the original description of several light rounded spots on operculum and flanks although R.von Ihering stated that he could not give a full description of the lecotype and the paralectotype owing to the damage to the dorsal and caudal fin which was completely missing as shown in the second image, which is the Lecotype. This species has a colour pattern similar to A. spilotus which it is closely related.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil: Federal state Ceará, Fortaleza, 03° 45' S / 38°35' W. Type Locality: Fortaleza, capital of State of Ceará, Brazil.


4.0cm (1¾ins)


21-25°C (69-77°F)




ScotCat Article: The Genus Aspidoras.
Nijssen & Isbrücker; 1976, The South American Plated Catfish Genus Aspidoras, R. von Ihering,1907.



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