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Scientific Name Corydoras habrosus  Weitzman, 1960
Common Names Dainty Cory
Panzerwels (Germany), Salt And Pepper Cory, Venezuelan Pygmy Cory
Type Locality Río Salinas, trib. of Río Pao Viejo, El Baúl, 8°59'N, 68°16'W, Cojedes, Venezuela.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - hab ROE suss
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. From the Greek 'habros' meaning pretty, delicate or dainty.
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Article - Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Corydoras habrosus
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Size 35mm or 1.4" 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. habrosus can be confused with the similar patterened species Corydoras cochui. However, C. habrosus has three blotches along the flank while C. cochui has four. C.cochui has two smaller spots situated between the adipose fin and the caudal peduncle while C. habrosus has a distinct large blotch on the caudal peduncle.
Sexing Typical for genus with ripe females appearing broader when viewed from above.
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Distribution Described from the Rio Salinas in Cojedes State. This species is common throughout the llanos in the Orinoco drainage rivers located in Portuguesa, Cojedes, Guarico, Apure, and Barinas States.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.2 - 7.2
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Prefers soft waters with little current.
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Feeding Consumes live, frozen and prepared aquarium foods with gusto. The foods, however, must be small enough for the fish to consume.
Furniture To create an ideal biotope tank lay down a substrate of about 3/4 inch fine sand. Cover this with 1-2 inches of old oak leaves. Along the back and the sides, place several pieces of driftwood.
Compatibility Great tankmates for any fish that are not large enough to consume them.
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 Breeding is best accomplished in a species tank. The breeding tank can be set up as noted above or can simply be a small container with some java moss. A group of 3-5 fishes will readily spawn in a tank as small as one gallon.
Breeding Reports There are 15 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Stanford Ichthyol. Bull.v. 7 (no. 4) - pp141 - Figs. 1-2
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Last Update 2013 Jul 20 13:42 (species record created: 2002 Dec 15 00:00)