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Scientific Name Corydoras melanotaenia  Regan, 1912
Common Names Elongate Bronze Cory
Green Gold Catfish, Panzerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Honda, Río Meta system of Río Orinoco, Tolima, Honda, 12°21'N, 71°47'W, Colombia.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - mell ann oh TANE ee ah
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. This specific epithet refers to the black (melan=black) stripe (taenia= stripe or ribbon) that runs down its body.
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Size 60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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.
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.
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Distribution South America: Colombia: Rio Meta
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Temperature 20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
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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.
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.
Compatibility A peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Suggested Tankmates All 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.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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References Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 8)v. 10 (no. 57) - pp217
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 19:09 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)