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Scientific Name Corydoras (lineage 7) schultzei  Holly, 1940
Common Names Peru Gold Stripe Cory
"venezuela" Black Cory, Black Schultzei, Gold Flash Cory, Schultzs Pansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Aquarium specimen (said to be from very small water-courses of the Amazon).
Pronunciation kor ee doh rass (lineage seven). - sch ult zee 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. Specifically named for Otto Schultz.
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Identification Corydoras schultzei is usually considered a synonym of Corydoras aeneus. However, there is a school of thought that holds the opinion that Corydoras aeneus should be restricted to the holotype form which is from the island of Trinidad and specifically is not as elongate as C. schultzi. Somewhere across the huge geographic range of "continental" Corydoras aeneus and amongst its several geographic variations, which are really quite different shapes and sizes, sees the species featured here. If for no other reason than to prevent captive hybridisation and indeed to help separate the other forms, the junior synonym is used here as a species in its own right.

The black colour form was produced by German aquarists in the '90s and is, confusingly, often marketed as Corydoras sp. "VENEZUELA BLACK". This black colour form does not occur in the wild, has nothing to do with the country of Venezuela or the separate species, Corydoras venezuelanus.
Sexing Males are smaller and slimmer. Females grow larger and are much wider which can most easily be observed from above.
General Remarks There is a thought the confusion with Corydoras venezuelanus happened due to this thread which is the first use of the term not long after the forum went live, however, the name was being used in wholesale lists well before this point. The earliest record being a list from 2001 Czech wholesaler Milan Ullman.
Down Habitat Information
Distribution Imported from Peru.
IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Down Husbandry Information
Furniture Substrate should be fine sand, bordered with driftwood and aquatic plants leaving an open area for them to search for food and swim.
Suggested Tankmates Keep in a shoal of at least 6 individuals - a good first catfish for a beginner's community aquarium - especially the black form which is captive raised.
Breeding Has been bred in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There are 22 breeding reports, read them all here.
Down Further Information
Reference Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien v. 77, pp111.
Registered Keepers There are 180 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
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Last Update 2021 May 22 04:23 (species record created: 2001 Apr 19 00:00)