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Scientific Name Osteogaster melanotaenia  Regan, 1912
Common Names Elongate Bronze Cory
Green Gold Catfish, Panzerwels (Germany), Sortbåndet Pansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Honda, Río Meta system of Río Orinoco, Tolima, Honda, 12°21'N, 71°47'W, Colombia.
Pronunciation os tee oh gas terr - mell ann oh TANE ee ah
Etymology This specific epithet refers to the black (melan=black) stripe (taenia= stripe or ribbon) that runs down its body.
Down Species Information
Size 58mm or 2.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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.
Down Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Meta River basin in Colombia.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
Down Husbandry Information
Feeding Will readily accepted all prepared foods that reach the bottom of the aquarium such as tablets, granules and larger flakes. Live (or frozen) foods such as bloodworm, white worm, grindal worm (Enchytraeus), Daphnia and Tubifex are readily accepted and good for conditioning groups of fishes for spawning. User data.
Furniture 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. Substrate should be bordered with driftwood and aquatic plants leaving an open area for them to search for food and swim. The shade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required to settle these fishes.
Compatibility A peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
Down Further Information
Reference Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 8) v. 10 (no. 56), pp 217.
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Last Update 2024 Jun 11 22:58 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)