Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Vinicius Espindola

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department / Division
  • BS., Universidade Santa Ursula
  • MsC., Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro
  • PhD., Museu de Zoologia da Universidae de São Paulo
Research Interests

My research is based on studying the anatomy of Teleostei to clarify the homologies between different clades.  Within fishes, the aim group are eels and their unusual, diverse forms and unique feeding mechanism.


ESPÍNDOLA, V. C. ; TENCATT, L. F. C. ; PUPO, F. M. ; VILLA-VERDE, L. ; BRITTO, M. R. . From the inside out: a new species of armoured catfish Corydoras with the description of poorly-explored character sources (Teleostei, Siluriformes, Callichthyidae). JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY , v. 92, p. 1463-1486, 2018.

OHARA, W. M. ; ABRAHÃO, V. P. ; ESPÍNDOLA, V. C. . Hyphessobrycon platyodus (Teleostei: Characiformes), a new species from the Rio Madeira basin, Brazil, with comments on how multicuspid teeth relate to feeding habits in Characidae. JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY, v. 3, p. 835-850, 2017.

MELO, MARCELO R. S. ; ESPÍNDOLA, VINICIUS C. . Description of a new species of Characidium Reinhardt, 1867 (Characiformes: Crenuchidae) from the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, and redescription of Characidium bimaculatum Fowler, 1941. Zootaxa (Online), v. 4196, p. 552-568, 2016.

ESPÍNDOLA, VINICIUS C.; SPENCER, MARCELO R.S. ; ROCHA, LEANDRO R. ; BRITTO, MARCELO R. . A new species of Corydoras Lacepede (Siluriformes: Callichthyidae) from the Rio Tapajos basin and its phylogenetic implications. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo), v. 54, p. 25-32, 2014.