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Scientific Name Corydoras agassizii  Steindachner, 1876
Common Names Agassiz's Corydoras
Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany), Spotted Cory
Type Locality Amazon R. near Tabatinga, Brazil.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - aga SEEZ 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 Dr. J. Louis R. Agassiz.
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Size 70mm or 2.8" 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.

This species has the first two or three dorsal soft rays black for the full length of the rays. This can vary in intensity and age.
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: Peru: Iquitos
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH 2-25.
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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 Keep in a shoal of at least 6 individuals.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.), pp 138-140 [90-92], Plate 12 (figs. 2-2a).
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Last Update 2018 Nov 08 13:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)