|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Corydoras melini Lönnberg & Rendahl, 1930|
|Common Names||False Bandit Cory
Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
|Type Locality||Luaretê (0°35'N, 69°13'W) at confluence of Rio Papurí and Rio Uaupés, Rio Negro system, Amazonas, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||Kory DOOR ass - mell INN eye|
|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. Named to honour Dr. Doug Melin.|
- CotM 2013 May
|Size||45mm or 1.8" 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.|
|Distribution||South America: Upper Negro and Meta River basins.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Upper Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|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||Has been bred in the aquarium.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Ark. Zool.v. 22 A (no. 5) - pp1 - Fig. 1|
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|Last Update||2013 May 27 19:48 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)|