Cat-eLog Right Arrow Callichthyidae Right Arrow Corydoradinae Right Arrow Corydoras

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Scientific NameCorydoras metae  Eigenmann, 1914
Common NamesBandit Cory
Masked Cory, Meta River Cory, Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
Type LocalityBarrigona, Río Meta, Colombia.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - MEH tay
EtymologyCory = 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 after the Rio Meta, from which it was collected.
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Size 50mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCorydoras 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.

C. metae is often confused with C. melini (which has an unbroken black stripe from dorsal to caudal fins, C. metae has no colour on its caudal fin or mid-body flanks) and occasionally C. davidsandsi (Lighter, more orange basic colouration and slightly more elongate body). There is also an ''imitator'' long-snouted species (C. simulatus).
SexingFemales are slightly larger (especially when viewed from above) than males.
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DistributionColombia: Rios Meta, Guaviare, Ocoa & Manacacias.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Guaviare (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Manacacias (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Ocoa (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.5 - 7.5
Temperature21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingWill take prepared foods happily, but breeding condition will require bloodworm or other insect larvae.
FurnitureOpen gravel swimming space preferably shaded by large broadleaf plants. A large open cave for refuge also helps settle in these fish. They may sit inactive for periods of time when resting, but will always venture forth for food.
CompatibilityAn ideal community fish.
Suggested TankmatesAll 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.
BreedingAround 20-30 eggs are produced, these are laid slowly in clutches and carried by the female in a ''pouch'' formed by her pelvic fins. They are carried to the underside of broad leaves or sometimes the aquarium glass and deposited carefully.
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ReferencesInd. Univ. StudiesNo. 23 - pp230
Registered Keepers(1) zenyfish, (2) CatBrat, (3) Tulio, (4) jschwab, (5) Lornek8, (6) racer36, (7) guillermo racines, (8) Yan, (9) azfisher (k: 3), (10) loafingloach, (11) pramirez (k: 8), (12) Cyberbob, (13) fulvioander, (14) roland369, (15) thelivelylady (k: 4), who also notes: "Ocean Reef", (16) alexmuchtar, (17) Gry, (18) Plunt, (19) Birger Amundsen, (20) kamas88 (k: 4), who also notes: "Breeding several times", (21) jar (k: 5), (22) Kampfer, (23) reneb, (24) MatsP (p: 5, k: 25), who also notes: "After a about two weeks they are beginning to settle in nicely. To begin with, they were terribly scared.", "Fry from breeding. Moved to the L128 breeding tank to help the messy eating plecos keep the place a bit tidier.", "Fry. Some didn't make it. The rest have been moved to a tank on their own, rather than in a net in their parent's tank. ", "From Pier Aquatics.", (25) tophat665 (k: 6), who also notes: "Keeping with a breeding trio of Rineloricaria eigenmanni. The metaes haf bred unnoticed in the leaf litter.", (26) Gretesam (k: 4), (27) KTLM, (28) jørn henning flåten, (29) ucdxmisty, (30) jha61, (31) rodpam, (32) ligon, (33) oli (k: 2), (34) nelo (k: 26), (35) drpleco (k: 8), (36) matti2uude (p: 2, k: 40), (37) fleshgear (p: 2), (38) Rita Aspevik (k: 14), (39) rhibear (k: 21), (40) mummymonkey (k: 112), (41) MattP (k: 6), (42) NC24, (43) boyneburn, (44) vibaldi (k: 2), (45) Mowin (k: 4), (46) dave.h, (47) aquaoahu, (48) Joost (k: 10), (49) SHEAG, (50) coryla (k: 10), (51) James165 (k: 3), (52) Mark Roesner, (53) xXColtzFanXx (k: 3), (54) melancholy, (55) snowball (k: 3), (56) nerdoutlaw, (57) ars (k: 5), (58) corycrazy, (59) MHS, (60) donpetty (k: 2), (61) Decker504, (62) mace, (63) tjudy, (64) iziko, (65) Luis.Ventura, (66) mani29 (k: 3), (67) lasteeves (k: 3), (68) Vess, (69) yogi88, (70) Dotty66, (71) Baxter4568, (72) oldcat (k: 5), (73) thereverendturtle (k: 9), (74) cinnamonsticks (k: 4), (75) Steph85, (76) darr3ll, (77) JamieDurrant (k: 8), who also notes: "Wild caught", (78) rmc (k: 8), (79) Catfishfingers, (80) Stuey, (81) Stefanus, (82) crazyjock (k: 5), (83) TB1987 (k: 4), who also notes: "A little skittish at first but settle eventually", (84) Atmichaels (k: 11), (85) Mruaru, (86) Lee Meadows, (87) fishdoc313 (k: 4), (88) ddaquaria (p: 2), (89) Sean B, (90) wax32, who also notes: "Died after 2 days. I think this was part of a very recent import.", (91) Ozboy (k: 5), (92) AlphaWolf1995 (k: 8), (93) JSamuels, (94) davidcook3, (95) plecokim, (96) DaveH, (97) mark24, (98) camtang, (99) njfishguy (k: 15), who also notes: "Acquired several adults from lfs and from Pete Mang during 2013. After conditioning with blackworms and starting RO water changes, group spawned several times late in the year. 5/22/14 - After several months of rest, began feeding blackworms regularly on 5/15/14. Spawning will soon resume.", (100) Knestis, (101) CowBoYReX, (102) vince0, (103) sushi1980, (104) 4evercories, (105) Zulan, (106) hovmoller, (107) Narwhal72, (108) Eggheadfish (k: 6), (109) irishman710, (110) benma (k: 109), (111) Gerald CapeTown, (112) Yellowtail, (113) Jools, (114) francoisMtl (k: 12), (115) chaetolollo, (116) Mvinyl (k: 27), (117) backstreetgambler (k: 2), (118) scandicman (k: 5), (119) KatieeElizabeth (k: 3), (120) Haz311289, (121) slayer5590, (122) Neo (k: 5), (123) lochness, who also notes: "Have not laid eggs - either no females in the group or the water may be too hard for them (sterbai and c. aeneus lay eggs regularly in same aquarium) - these do not do well in my setup that houses sterbai, elegans and c. aeneus bronze", (124) Lars, (125) Per Jensen, (126) mmccannon, (127) Fish777 (k: 3), who also notes: "In 75gal. planted community with a blue eye cirrhosis. Not as pretty as photo,mine don't look gold,darkened up.", (128) synolover, (129) jmw975 (k: 6), (130) protopterus, (131) Tony4143, (132) Mr.ToR, (133) soerennielsen (k: 13), (134) skming, (135) Littleleeper23 (k: 6), (136) Osrmotorsport, (137) Mogl, (138) WadeNCreeks (k: 3), (139) angerygrover, (140) CatfishAddict01, (141) tsin21 (k: 6), (142) msafdel (k: 4).

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Breeding Reports(1) MatsP (b: 56), (2) CatfishAddict01 (b: 52), (3) rmc (b: 47), (4) soerennielsen (b: 47), (5) Zulan (b: 39), (6) ars (b: 32), (7) DaveH (b: 30), (8) JSamuels (b: 22), (9) Neo (b: 21), (10) Mvinyl (b: 13), (11) Narwhal72 (b: 10).
Article - CotM 1997 January
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