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Scientific Name Corydoras pulcher  Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1973
Common Name Pretty Cory
Type Locality Rio Purus, north of Lábrea, 7°20'S, 64°46'W, R. Amazonas system, Est. Amazonas, Brazil.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - POOL chair
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. This specific epithet literally means beautiful (pulcher=beautiful).
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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.

C. pulcher is sometimes confused with CW028. C. pulcher has a single dark line along the body, CW028 has two parallel lines.
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 Rio Purus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus (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.
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References Beaufortia v. 21 (no. 272) - pp2 - Figs. 1-2
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Last Update 2012 Jan 12 13:00 (species record created: 2001 Jun 09 00:00)