Cat-eLog Right Callichthyidae Right Corydoradinae Right The genus Corydoras

Down Summary of Corydoras
Pronounced kor ee doh rass (lineage one).
Etymology Cory = 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.
Identification Corydoras 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.
Feeding Will 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.
Compatibility A peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Furniture Shade 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.
Sexing Females 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.
Size Smallest 40mm, largest 80mm, average 61mm, most commonly 65mm. All SL.
Species There are 89 "species" in the database
Keepers 48 species (53%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Down Most Kept Species
1. Corydoras septentrionalis (10.27%)
2. Corydoras fowleri (7.85%)
3. Corydoras simulatus (7.55%)
4. Corydoras semiaquilus (7.25%)
5. Corydoras sp. (C053) (4.23%)
6. Corydoras orcesi (3.93%)
7. Corydoras serratus (3.93%)
8. Corydoras cervinus (3.93%)
9. Corydoras narcissus (3.93%)
10. Corydoras sp. (C042) (3.32%)
11. Corydoras acutus (3.32%)
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