Cat-eLog Right Arrow Callichthyidae Right Arrow Corydoradinae Right Arrow Corydoras

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Scientific NameCorydoras melanotaenia  Regan, 1912
Common NamesElongate Bronze Cory
Green Gold Catfish, Panzerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityHonda, Río Meta system of Río Orinoco, Tolima, Honda, 12°21'N, 71°47'W, Colombia.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - mell ann oh TANE ee ah
EtymologyCory = 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. This specific epithet refers to the black (melan=black) stripe (taenia= stripe or ribbon) that runs down its body.
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Size 60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCorydoras 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.
SexingFemales 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.
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DistributionSouth America: Colombia: Rio Meta
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingWill 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.
FurnitureShade 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.
CompatibilityA peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Suggested TankmatesAll 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.
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ReferencesAnn. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 8)v. 10 (no. 57) - pp217
Registered Keepers(1) guillermo racines, (2) Yan, (3) NEONCORY (k: 27), (4) Keithj (k: 3), who also notes: "Do well in pH ~7 and medium hardness. Eat any normal food - flakes, granules and frozen. Very shy and very fast swimmers. Mine bred in a cory community tank but I saw no evidence of the spawning. It seems to have been triggered by a lowered KH and an", (5) philtre, (6) Daragh, (7) Birger Amundsen, (8) fulvioander (k: 2), (9) jollysue (k: 6), (10) lizimal (k: 2), who also notes: "Dec 2008 Two of our melanotaenia have mysteriously disappeared from the tank, along with one punctatis. No bodies or any remnants at all.", (11) H, (12) Lightbringer (k: 4), (13) teddyman5 (k: 3), (14) Azaezl (k: 5), (15) anitabritt (k: 10), who also notes: "10 wc adults most males ", (16) gismo5001, (17) rayrich (k: 14), (18) Kampfer, (19) OddOscar (k: 8), (20) saphphx (k: 5), (21) fishpimpin, (22) Nabobmob1, (23) dave.h, (24) Mark Roesner, (25) JamesStuddart (p: 2, k: 21), (26) xavierD., (27) donpetty (k: 7), who also notes: "I find them to be very shy. They are provided with sand, wood and live plants so that they feel comfortable.", (28) mace, (29) gforcefx, (30) MChambers (k: 8), who also notes: "Tank raised", (31) Arlington, (32) Vess, (33) KitWitty (k: 3), (34) HenkeP (k: 70), (35) darr3ll, (36) unstoppablejayd, (37) keig0006, (38) duxallinarow, (39) Lee Meadows, (40) irshprncsk, (41) sushi1980 (p: 3), (42) CowBoYReX, (43) CodOnMyRod, (44) scandicman (k: 7), (45) Tamcon83 (k: 4), (46) AmLi, (47) Mvinyl (k: 8), (48) Gallywags (k: 8), (49) Ruben Braam (k: 7), (50) Narwhal72, (51) Junglejason, (52) porinocoense, (53) bekateen (k: 7), who also notes: "Found in store mixed with a group of sodalis", (54) jcorey (k: 3), (55) protopterus, (56) Maxpedley, (57) scolba (k: 11), (58) barbatus45 (k: 5), (59) Therch_h20, (60) Mogl, (61) R.Akahane.

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Last Update2013 Jul 19 19:09 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)