Similar looking to S.
barbatus but with a more striking
body colouration in the males, and growing smaller.
The genus Scleromystax belongs to lineage
3 and if there was a revision carried out on the Corydoradinae
in the future they would remain so, with the designated
type species S. barbatus (Günther, 1864).
Aquarium Care: As with most members
of the Callichthyidaethey are peaceful
although the males can get very territorial. The Scleromystax
genera are good additions to "cool water"
aquarium set ups with maybe other cool water fish
such as White Cloud Mountain Minnows and other fish
that are comfortable with a temperature around the
70°f (21.5°c) mark. Diet:
As with other members of the Corydoradinae they relish
tablet and good quality flake food with frozen bloodworm
a firm favourite. They are also keen on chopped earthworms
and other worm foods such as white worm used sparingly,
and grindal worm.
CW147, Dwarf 'Barbatus'.
South America: Brazil,
State of Rio de Janeiro.
Male: 6.0cm (2½ins)
Female: 6.0cm (2½ins)
Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg
Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement 1. Ian
Alexandrou, Markos & Taylor, Martin. (2011).
Evolution, ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae