Cat-eLog Right Arrow Callichthyidae Right Arrow Corydoradinae Right Arrow Corydoras

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Scientific NameCorydoras melini  Lönnberg & Rendahl, 1930
Common NamesFalse Bandit Cory
Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
Type LocalityLuaretê (0°35'N, 69°13'W) at confluence of Rio Papurí and Rio Uaupés, Rio Negro system, Amazonas, Brazil.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - mell INN eye
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. Named to honour Dr. Doug Melin.
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Size 45mm or 1.8" 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: 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 StatusLeast Concern
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species 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.
BreedingHas been bred in the aquarium.
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ReferencesArk. Zool.v. 22 A (no. 5) - pp1 - Fig. 1
Registered Keepers(1) racer36, (2) soltarii007, (3) Yan, (4) certan, (5) Andersonic (k: 2), (6) fulvioander (k: 3), (7) jollysue (k: 4), (8) awzen, (9) glenny, (10) cbr6fs (k: 3), (11) Birger Amundsen, (12) Gry, (13) amergim, (14) apisto-nut, (15) miq (p: 3), (16) Kampfer, (17) chralis, (18) Crel, (19) arzerkle, (20) xander (k: 2), (21) OldMan (k: 5), (22) madattiver, (23) Nick44 (k: 2), (24) saphphx (k: 6), (25) Nx7 (k: 4), (26) fishpimpin, (27) suntsu69 (k: 5), (28) somename, (29) nasdaq77, (30) Mowin (k: 3), (31) jvision (k: 12), (32) retroculus, (33) Mark Roesner, (34) Torb, (35) KansasGuppyGuy (k: 21), (36) mace, (37) james gilbertson (k: 2), (38) steveh28 (k: 6), (39) mani29 (k: 7), (40) Vess, (41) seba089 (k: 6), (42) len.weideman, (43) Sarajute, (44) estherevans, (45) gossei (k: 5), (46) backstreetgambler (k: 7), (47) MattP (k: 10), (48) azura, (49) jodilynn, (50) dutchessfishgeek, (51) Stefanus, (52) Lee Meadows, (53) hoplo (k: 7), (54) Sean B, (55) Ozboy (k: 10), (56) slayer5590, (57) LostYeti (k: 7), (58) Mol_PMB (k: 13), who also notes: "Spawned about 20 eggs in java moss, my first spawning which produced a few fry but none survived.", (59) Milo (k: 7), who also notes: "Breeding Group of 7 adults", (60) Nabobmob1 (k: 7), (61) rcbows (k: 3), (62) ravenxcoree (k: 2), (63) rmc, (64) MontheFash, (65) scandicman (k: 9), (66) ahxw (k: 4), (67) Zulan, (68) CharlieM9, (69) benma (k: 3), (70) Mvinyl (k: 7), (71) Narwhal72, (72) DJay, (73) Horgrim (k: 25), (74) anchorist, (75) Mathias, (76) Junglejason (p: 2), (77) matte s, (78) catquariauk, (79) bedwetter, (80) jmw975, (81) protopterus, (82) Tony4143.

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Breeding Reports(1) Mol_PMB (b: 45), (2) Zulan (b: 44), (3) steveh28 (b: 39), (4) jmw975 (b: 36), (5) rcbows (b: 11).
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