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Scientific Name Corydoras fowleri  Böhlke, 1950
Common Names Fowler's Cory
Huanta Cory, Milagros Cory, Panzerwels (Germany), Singlepansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Chancho Caño, near Pebas, 3°10'S, 71°46'W, Amazon R. system, Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciation kor ee doh rass. - FOWL err 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 Mr. Henry W. Fowler.
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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.

Very similar indeed to C. coriatae, the latter being differentiated primarily on colouration differences. Imports are very variable in terms of colouration, so we've put all pictures against this (older) species as we are unable to define C. coriatae.
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: western Amazon River basin.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
pH 6.0 - 7.2
Temperature 21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°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 are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
Down Further Information
Reference The Fish Culturist v. 30 (no. 4), pp 26.
Registered Keepers There are 28 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
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Last Update 2023 Aug 06 07:26 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)