|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Corydoras metae Eigenmann, 1914|
|Common Names||Bandit Cory
Masked Cory, Meta River Cory, Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
|Type Locality||Barrigona, Río Meta, Colombia.|
|Pronunciation||Kory DOOR ass - MEH tay|
|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 after the Rio Meta, from which it was collected.|
- CotM 1997 January
|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.
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).
|Sexing||Females are slightly larger (especially when viewed from above) than males.|
|Distribution||Colombia: 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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|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Will take prepared foods happily, but breeding condition will require bloodworm or other insect larvae.|
|Furniture||Open 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.|
|Compatibility||An ideal 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||Around 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.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 11 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Ind. Univ. StudiesNo. 23 - pp230|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 12:24 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|