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Scientific Name Brochis britskii  Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1983
Common Names Giant Brochis
Britski's brochis, Brochis-Panzerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Lagoas Marginais, rodovia Transpantaneira, Poconé, 16°15'S, 56°37'W, Est. Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Corydoras britskii
Pronunciation BROK iss - BRITT ski eye
Etymology Brochis: From the Greek brochis, meaning inkhorn; in reference to the resemblance of the fish to one. Named in honour of Dr. Heraldo A. Britski, the Brazilian icthyologist.
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Brochis can be distinguished from other corydoradine species by the fact that Brochis have more than 10 rays in the dorsal fin, whilst all other members of the Corydoradinae have 7 rays.

Differs from B. multiradiatus by lack of hog-like snout and from B. splendens by a larger number of dorsal fin rays. B. britskii also has a bony plate / shield that covers the white part of the underside of the head, this characteristic is absent in other Brochis.
Sexing Undocumented, although it is presumed mature females are larger and fuller when carrying eggs.
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Distribution South America: Brazil, Paraguay: Upper Rio Paraguay
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Reported from weed-choked rivers, so water current should be minimal and water on the slightly soft side. Prefers deeper water.
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Feeding A fish that likes to dig around for food, but will eat all prepared foods that find their way to the substrate. Live bloodworms or tubifex are especially relished.
Furniture Open spaces of substrate and rock or wood refuges slightly elevated to provide the shade these fish like to rest under in rare moments of inactivity.
Compatibility A gregarious but good shoaling fish for the larger community tank.
Suggested Tankmates Can be kept with most fish. More suitable for keeping with loaches than Corydoras as their larger size helps them compete better for food. Boisterous enough to be kept with more dynamic aquaria.
Breeding Unreported although thought to be the same as Corydoras.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amst.v. 9 (no. 20) - pp179 - Figs. 1-2
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Last Update 2017 Sep 12 16:16 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)