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  • Corydoras cruziensis
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Scientific Name Corydoras cruziensis  Knaack, 2002
Common Names C012, Santa Cruz Cory
Type Locality Guarayos, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia, 16°20.014'S, 62°50.912'W, elevation 215 meters.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - crew zee en siss
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. The species is named after the Bolivian Departamento de Santa Cruz.
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Size 50mm or 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.

Similar in appearance to Corydoras punctatus, a species only found in Suriname. It differs slightly in colour pattern having fewer larger body spots, those along the juncture of dorsal and lateral scutes may form an irregular broken stripe.
Sexing Females are a little larger than males and have a heavier appearance, with rounded, fan shaped ventral fins compared to the slightly pointed fins of the male.
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Distribution South America: Madeira River basin in Bolivia.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.2
Temperature 22.5-25.5°C or 72.5-77.9°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Will accept a wide range of commercial foods including tablet, granular and flake. Live foods such as Daphnia, blood worm, white worm, grindle worm and tubifex are readily accepted.
Furniture Substrate should be a fine smooth grained sand. Other furniture is relatively unimportant.
Compatibility A small peaceful and slightly timid species that should not be kept with boisterous or aggressive fish.
Suggested Tankmates Small tetra's or small cyprinids make ideal tank mates.
Breeding Has been bred under aquarium conditions.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ein weiterer neuer Panzerwels aus Bolivien: *Corydoras cruziensis* n. sp. (Pisces, Siluriformes, Callichthyidae) VDA-akutell 60-69
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Last Update 2014 Nov 05 13:08 (species record created: 2005 Jul 20 00:00)