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Aspidoras virgulatus  Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1980

Image contributors to this species:

Ingo Seidel (1) Hans-Georg Evers  (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

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: Many species of Aspidoras are difficult to tell apart unless there is catchment information available. This species of Ancistrus looks very much like its close relative from the Scleromystax genera. It was reputedly shipped in with S. lacerdai in 1998 but has never been seen since.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil : Espírito Santo, Córrego Chumbado, estrada de Linhares (19°22’S,  40°04’W) a São Mateus  (18° 44’S,  39°53’W), município de Linhares.


4cm ( 1½ins)


22-24°C (71-75°F)




ScotCat Article: The Genus Aspidoras.
ScotCat Article: Observations of Three Species of the Genus Corydoras.



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