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Aspidoras taurus  Lima & Britto, 2001

Image contributors to this species:

Chris Ralph (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) Rare Aquatics (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Article Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 - 7; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 6. Infraorbitals, preopercle and reduced nuchal plate covered by thick skin and not visible externally. Lateral line absent posterior to 2 small lateral line ossicles. Two pairs of maxillary barbels and a pair of mental barbels. Adipose fin preceded by a small, curved, well-ossified spine. This Aspidoras is quite common in the hobby under the wrong name of Aspidoras menezesi. The second and third thumbnail images have been tentatively listed as cf. taurus, cf. meaning "confer." An animal that appears similar to an identified species, but without certainty or confirmation. 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: Many species of Aspidoras are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment information available.

Common Name:







Brazil : Upper Paraguay River basin. Type locality: Brazil: Mato Grosso State, município de Alto Garças, Fazenda Cabeceira do Itiquira, close to highway BR-364, rio Itiquira, rio Paraguay system, 16º56'S 53º32'W.


5.5cm ( 2¼ins)


22-24°C (71-75°F)




Fuller, A.M Ian & Georg-Evers, Hans: Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish A.S.C  GmbH (Aqualog) p31
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Lima, F.C.T. and M.R. Britto 2001 New catfish of the genus Aspidoras (Siluriformes: Callichthyidae) from the upper rio Paraguai system in Brazil. Copeia (4):1010-1016.
ScotCat Article: The Genus Aspidoras.



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