CW141 has now been described
by Tencatt et al. (2022) as Aspidoras aldebaran.
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: Best kept in groups of six
or more and are best housed with small fishes that
are not aggressive. Although no plants occur in their
habitat you can still provide a planted area in the
tank for cover and include a soft substrate such as
sand or small rounded gravel with coral sand added
if in a soft water area. Diet:Flake, tablet foods, small live and frozen
foods. Etymology: The epithet “aldebaran”
refers to the red giant Aldebaran or Alpha Tauri (a
Tauri), the brightest star of the Taurus constellation,
deriving from the Arabic al Dabaran, which means “the
follower”. The star presents a bright orange
glow and it is positioned at the left eye of the mythological
bull. The name alludes to the fact that Aspidoras
aldebaran was firstly found among Aspidoras
taurus type series, being promptly recognised
as a different and new species by its peculiar morphology
and colour pattern. A noun in apposition (Tencatt
et al.). Remarks:
As explained by Tencatt, Evers (2016:20), the C- and
CW-number coding system was implemented by the fishkeeping
hobby for putative new species to avoid the creation
nuda in taxonomy.
The species coded as CW141 is said to be from the
same area as A. aldebaran, the Rio Araguaia
basin at Alto Araguaia, Mato Grosso, and strikingly
resembles the new species. Therefore, considering
the clear compatibility between locality data and
general morphology and colour pattern, we attribute
CW141 to A. aldebaran. (Tencatt et al.).
Rio Araguaia, at Atlo Araguaia.
Male: 3.5cm (1½ins)
Female: 4.0cm (1¾ins)
& Taylor, Martin. (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited. Tencatt LFC, Britto MR, Isbrücker IJH,
Pavanelli CS. Taxonomy of the armored catfish
genus Aspidoras (Siluriformes: Callichthyidae) revisited,
with the description of a new species. Neotrop Ichthyol.
2022; 20(3):e220040 www.corydorasworld.com