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Scientific NameCorydoras melanistius  Regan, 1912
Common NamesSpotted Cory
Black-spotted Corydoras, Kravepansermalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityEssequibo R., Guyana.
Synonym(s)Corydoras melanistius longirostris
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - mell an IST ee uss
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. This specific epithet refers to its black (melan=black) dorsal sail (histion=sail) fin.
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Size 57mm or 2.2" 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.

Differs from Corydoras brevirostris by not having any patterning in the caudal fin. Was elevated out of subspecies status (then known as Corydoras melanistius melanistius) in 2001.
SexingFemales 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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DistributionSouth America: Coastal rivers of the Guianas.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingWill 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.
FurnitureShade 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.
CompatibilityA peaceful, shoaling, 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.
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ReferencesAnn. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 8)v. 10 (no. 57) - pp216
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60, (2) Tulio, (3) Yan, (4) NEONCORY, (5) Barracuda518 (k: 4), (6) Richie Hell, (7) Plecofanatic1989, (8) fulvioander (k: 3), (9) gismo5001, (10) alexmuchtar, who also notes: "Suddenly swam upside down & died after 1 day.", (11) apisto-nut, (12) gem400, (13) ozarowana (k: 3), (14) Nick44 (k: 16), (15) jacobhayes79 (p: 3, k: 4), (16) xander (k: 3), (17) Mark Roesner, (18) Quo, (19) arapaimag (k: 2), (20) Luis.Ventura, (21) financialfoodie (k: 3), (22) ars (k: 5), (23) MHS, (24) djfattanzo (k: 9), (25) Vess, (26) tomr (k: 3), (27) corycrazy, (28) darr3ll, (29) schant (k: 5), (30) lilu, (31) LostYeti (k: 2), (32) sushi1980, (33) camtang, (34) 4evercories (k: 5), (35) nytenoir, (36) jodilynn, (37) Narwhal72, (38) Tamcon83 (k: 5), (39) kvnbyl (p: 2), (40) Per Jensen, (41) minipol (k: 31), (42) protopterus, (43) AlexandroRonzon.

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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:56 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)