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  • Corydoras leopardus
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Scientific NameCorydoras leopardus  Myers, 1933
Common Name(s)Leopard Cory
Panzerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityBrazil (probably from a Brazilian coastal river south of the Amazon R.).
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - lee oh PARD uss
EtymologyCory = helmet, doras = skin. In this case it was incorrectly used to mean armour (cuirasse) instead of skin in allusion to the dual rows of plates that run along the flanks of this genus. This specific epithet literally translates as leopard (leopardus=leopard), a reference to the spotted feline.
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Size 75mm or 3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCorydoras are identified by their twin rows of armour plates along the flanks and by having fewer than 10 dorsal fin rays. They are most commonly confused with the other genera in the sub-family, namely Brochis, Scleromystax and Aspidoras.
SexingFemales grow larger and are more full-bodied, this is best observed from above the fish. Males will typically have more pointed as opposed to more rounded fin tips as they mature.
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DistributionSouth America: Brazil: Peru (?)
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingWill accept a wide range of commercial foods including tablets, granules and flakes. Live (or frozen) foods such as bloodworm, white worm, grindal worm, Daphnia and tubifex are readily accepted.
FurnitureShade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required. Ideally substrate should be sand, but rounded gravel is an imperfect alternative. Avoid keeping over rough edged (chipped) gravel, this will increase this risk of damage the fishes barbels when it tries to dig.
CompatibilityA peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Suggested TankmatesAll Corydoras should be kept in groups of at least 6 of the same species. Otherwise compatible with most other types of fish that are reasonably peaceful, as long as they don't see a Corydoras as a snack.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesAquarium, Philad.v. 2 (no. 8) - pp188
Registered Keepers(1) Coryman, (2) notv19, (3) Troender (k: 6), (4) Julie, (5) alexmuchtar, (6) Kampfer, (7) SilverFlame819 (k: 2), who also notes: "My two Leopard corys are way more spazzy than my old Leopard corys years ago were. Not sure what the deal is. Hopefully they'll relax. They don't like being watched at all. Also appear to possibly be hybrids. Grrr.", (8) SHEAG35 (k: 4), (9) corybreed, (10) Mark Roesner, (11) nerdoutlaw (k: 2), (12) Lee Meadows, (13) kernowchick, (14) Gerald CapeTown, (15) PabloG (k: 2), (16) cowturtle, (17) francoisMtl (k: 10), (18) Gulper, (19) RolandNL (k: 7).

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Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:46 (species record created: 2002 Jan 12 00:00)