Lives alongside Corydoras
white water and clearwater streams in the coastal
lowlands. The males do not sport the extended pectoral
and dorsal spines as do other members of this genera.
The females are wider in the girth when sexually mature,
the males are smaller. As with other species of Scleromystax,
will do better in cooler temperatures. Lineage:
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.
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
South America:Coastal rivers in southeastern Brazil from
Espirito Santo to São Paulo, Brazil. Type
locality: Linhares, 19º22'S, 40º04'W,
Lagoa Juparanã, Rio Doce system , Brazil.
Male: 6.0cm (2½ins)
Female: 6.5cm (2¾ins)
& Taylor, Martin. (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Fuller, Ian A.M. & Evers, Hans-Georg:
Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish. 2005. 384 p. Ian A. M. Fuller &
Hans-Georg Evers (2011).
Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement 1. Ian