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Scientific Name Corydoras nattereri  Steindachner, 1876
Common Names Natterer's Cory
Blue Corydoras, Blå Pansermalle (Denmark), Natterer, Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
Type Locality Affluent of Rio Parahyba, 3 mi. up, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Corydoras juquiaae, Corydoras triseriatus
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - nah TERR er eye
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 Mr. Johann Natterer.
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Size 65mm or 2.6" 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.
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.
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Distribution South America: Coastal rivers in south eastern Brazil from Espírito Santo to Paraná.
Espirito Santo State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Sao Paulo State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Rio de Janeiro State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Paraná State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Temperature 20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
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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 Has been bred in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.) - pp143 [95] - Pl. 11 (fig. 1)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 10:02 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)