Scoloplax baskini

Scoloplax baskini is a tropical freshwater fish species.

It’s a new spiny dwarf catfish species from the small tributaries of the Aripuanã river in the Amazonas state of northwestern Brazil.

It was discovered in the leaf litter inside the small tributaries of the Aripuanã river.


Given below is the scientific classification of Scoloplax baskini:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Siluriformes

Family: Scoloplacidae

Genus: Scoloplax

Species Scientific Name: Scoloplax baskini

Scoloplax baskini Appearance

Scoloplax baskini looks different from other species of the genus Scoloplax due to the following:

  1. It has ventral midline plates in between its caudal and anus peduncle,
  2. The two parallel rows of odontodes that run along its length aren’t covered by skin,
  3. Its pelvic and pectoral fins have all simple and unbranched rays,
  4. It has odontodes in the abdominal region,
  5. Its bony cartilage is thick and triangular at the front, and
  6. There are small odontodes on its first two pelvic fin rays.

The size of Scoloplax baskini ranges between 1.07 cm and 1.61 cm.

Its head and body are depressed. The head has a series of odontodes that form a lateral ridge.

However, the body is straight between the caudal and dorsal fins.

It also has a small bony plate with 3 to 5 odontodes.

The overall body color of Scoloplax baskini is brownish.

The male Scoloplax baskini has a large and fleshy tissue at its ventral opening.

The female Scoloplax baskini doesn’t have the tissue sack.

Here’s an illustration of what this fish looks like…

Scoloplax baskini

Check out what this fish looks like in real life over here.

Tank Size for Scoloplax baskini

Scoloplax baskini isn’t found in the aquarium trade. Maybe because of its limited natural habitat.

Scoloplax baskini Temperament

Not much is known about the temperament of Scoloplax baskini fish.

Interesting Facts About Scoloplax baskini

Scoloplax baskini fish is named after Jonathan Baskin because of his tremendous contributions to Neotropical ichthyology.

He was also the one who helped describe the genus Scoloplax.

Interestingly, this fish doesn’t have a common name like other fish species. It’s only known by its scientific name Scoloplax baskini.

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