Got a picture? Please do send it in!
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Corydoras amphibelus Cope, 1872|
|Type Locality||Tributaries of Río Ambyiacu, near Pebas, about 3°10'S, 71°50'W, Peru.|
|Pronunciation||Kory DOOR ass|
|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.|
|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 not been imported or photographed - it's something of a mystery. The holotype was supposed to have been lost but it appears it is in the Philadelphia Academy of Science collection. There's not much that can be gleened from it save for the fact that there would appear to be a band across the back like C. rabauti and C. zygatus, but like C. zygatus there looks to be a break in the band just below the dorsal spine. Also the holotype measures just 27.4 mm SL making it either a small species or perhaps a juvenile fish. The short chunky body shape also points towards being a juvenile.
|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.|
|Distribution||Upper Amazon River basin in Peru
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Log in to view species occurence data on a map.
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 23, pp282.|
|Registered Keepers||Keeping this species? Why not .
There is no registered keeper.
|Wishlists||Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
|Spotters||Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There is no record of this fish being seen.
|More on Corydoras amphibelus|
|Look up Corydoras amphibelus on AquaticRepublic.com|
|BBCode||(use in forum posts)|
|Look up Corydoras amphibelus on Fishbase|
|Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.|
|Last Update||2013 Feb 03 15:35 (species record created: 2011 Aug 31 08:28)|