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Scientific Name Corydoras eques  Steindachner, 1876
Common Names Horsemans Cory
Panzerwels (Germany), Trekantpansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Amazon R. at Codajás, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Osteogaster eques
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass
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. Lat. eques horseman, rider.
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Size 55mm or 2.2" 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.

Characterised by the large saddle shaped dark greenish brown body marking, from which it gets its common name.
Sexing Females larger in overall body length and have a fuller more rounded body shape.
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Distribution South America: Amazon River basin.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 22.5-26.0°C or 72.5-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH 2-16.
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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 Substrate should be a fine smooth-grained sand.
Compatibility A peaceful species best kept in groups of five or more. Tank mates should be of a similar temperament.
Suggested Tankmates Small to medium Terra's, Barbs, Anabantoids and Danios make ideal tank mates.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.) - pp140 [92] - Pl. 12 (fig. 3-3a) Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish. Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers. ISBN 0-9540872-2-4 p122.
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Last Update 2011 Aug 12 00:17 (species record created: 2004 Aug 22 00:00)