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Scientific Name Corydoras weitzmani  Nijssen, 1971
Common Names Twosaddle Corydoras
Weitzmans Pansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Río Vilcanota system at Cuzco, Cuzco, Peru, 13°32'S, 71°57'W.
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. Named to honour Dr. Stanley Weitzman.
Articles
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Observations of Breeding Corydoras weitzmani.
Article - CotM 2011 August
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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.

Fairly unique in that it has a light brown body with three dark markings, one over the eye, one under/into the dorsal and one at the end of the caudal peduncle. The exact shape of the spots varies somewhat from one fish to another.
Sexing Females fuller bodied and slightly larger than males.
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Distribution The type locality information recorded for this species is inaccurate. It was collected in the sixties by Paolini in his many expeditions in the area and vaguely recorded as from "near the Cord. Vilanota". The 1971 description from his preserved material made the final leap to the incorrect locale. It was not until Belinda and Lance Peck found the species again in 2003 that imports to the aquarium trade started. Those imports come from the Rio Araza in the Madre del Dios river system in Southern Peru.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)
pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dh 2-25.
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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 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 Comaptible with all but the tiniest of fry, and as long as they are not considered "food" in themselves.
Suggested Tankmates Ideal tankmates are small to medium tetras. Possibly also dwarf cichlids such as Apistogramma or Mikrogeophagus.
Breeding Has been bred in the aquarium and appears to be both reasonably easy and predictable in its spawning behaviour.
Breeding Reports There are 13 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Beaufortia v. 19 (no. 250) - pp91 - Fig. 1.
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Last Update 2014 Jul 16 14:23 (species record created: 2005 Apr 23 00:00)