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Scientific Name Corydoras(ln7) zygatus  Eigenmann & Allen, 1942
Common Name Black Band Corydoras
Type Locality Río Hallagua system, Yurimaguas (5°54'S, 76°04'W), Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciation z eye GAT uss
Etymology Zygatus from the Greek zygados: team, pair. On the similarity with Corydoras rabauti
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Article Link - Shane's World Reproduction Keeping and Breeding Corydoras zygatus
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification C. zygatus background colour is pinky-grey, fins are colourless or slightly sooty. Adults have a copper "eyebrow". There is a dark line which always has a green shine to it, this line ends on the caudal peduncle never extending onto the caudal fin and without the downward twist that C.rabautihas and with which it is often confused. There often is a vertical line through the dark stripe just at the base of the dorsal spine, this manifests itself as a break in the stripe. C.zygatus show a number of vertical grey bars on the forward most ventral scutes, rabauti can have this as well but it "usually" shows as a dark smudge without the distinct bars.Adult zygatuscan become scruffy looking. Differences are clearly visible when looking at the fry of the two species.
Sexing Females are rounder, bigger.
General Remarks Rarely active during the day and is very shy.
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Distribution Ecuador: Pastaza, lower Rio Bobonaza and Rio Pindo
Peru: province Loreto, Rio Huallaga system, Rio Santiago
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Huallaga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza, Bobonaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
Temperature 16.0-25.0°C or 60.8-77°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding The usual range of food (frozen, live or commercially prepared). Not a picky eater but no scavenger either.
Furniture fine sand, driftwood aquatic plants leaving an open area for them to search for food and swim.
Compatibility Peaceful.
Breeding Typical Corydoras T manner. They spawn after a good water change. THe temperature at spawning time is around 16°C Female would lay around 600 eggs. With 2 males the fecundity rate is between 95-100%, The small eggs have been known to be laid singly scattered all over the tank.
Breeding Reports There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference Fishes of western South America, pp 175, Pl. 12 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 16 13:01 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)