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  • Corydoras ortegai
  • Corydoras ortegai
  • Corydoras ortegai
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Scientific Name Corydoras ortegai  Britto, Lima & Hidalgo, 2007
Common Names CW031, Loreto Panda Cory
Type Locality Río Putumayo basin, Quebrada Coronel Díaz, tributary to río Yaguas, 2°51'13''S, 71°27'02'' W, Province Maynas, Dept. Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - orr tay guy
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. After Hernán Ortega Torres, curator of the fish After Hernán Ortega Torres, curator of the fish Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 40mm or 1.6" 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.

This species is similar in shape to C. reynoldsi and C. tukano (and less so C. weitzmani which is an altogether stockier fish) but is missing the dark blotch under the dorsal fin. It is similar in patterning to C. panda as it has a single dark blotch under the adipose fin but tends to have a grey as opposed to browner base colouration and has scattered pigmentation on the body giving a "dirty" overall look. More reliably C. ortegai is more elongate, possessing 24 upper and 21-22 lower lateral body plates compared with 22-23/20 in the squatter C. panda.
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.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Lower course of Río Putumayo in Peru.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Putumayo, Lower Putamayo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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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 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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Neotropical Ichthyology, 5(3):293-300, 2007
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Last Update 2013 Feb 03 15:56 (species record created: 2007 Sep 22 04:33)