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Bandit Cory, Masked Cory, Meta River Cory, Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany) - Corydoras metae   Eigenmann, 1914

This species is special to me as it was one of the first Corydoras I kept. Corydoras are, as a genus, the most commonly kept aquarium catfish and quite deservedly so. Their behaviour is impeccable and they are, as catfish go, not afraid of light. There is little in our hobby more enchanting than a few dozen strong shoal of Corydoras swimming en masse.

I chose this fish to be the first Corydoras Catfish of the Month because to me it is the "classic" Cory. Not especially common, it's a find but not a rareity. It's characteristically short and stubby, relatively undemanding and occasionally confused with a few other species just to add a little spice and that lingering double check from the experienced local fish shop browser. From time to time rare or unusual Corydoras species appear amongst shipments of wild caught Corydoras. This is true of tankfuls of C. metae where you can sometimes find a real bargain.

On the subject of identity confusion (of which there is plenty with Corydoras), C. metae is often confused with C. melini (which has an unbroken black stripe from dorsal to caudal fins, C. metae has no colour on its caudal fin or mid-body flanks) and occasionally C. davidsandsi (Lighter, more orange basic colouration and slightly more elongate body). There is also an "imitator" long-snouted species (C. simulatus) which is a real find. Happy Cory Hunting!


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Scientific Name Corydoras metae  Eigenmann, 1914
Common Names Bandit Cory
Masked Cory, Meta River Cory, Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
Type Locality Barrigona, Río Meta, Colombia.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - MEH tay
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. Named after the Rio Meta, from which it was collected.
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Size 50mm or 2" 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. metae is often confused with C. melini (which has an unbroken black stripe from dorsal to caudal fins, C. metae has no colour on its caudal fin or mid-body flanks) and occasionally C. davidsandsi (Lighter, more orange basic colouration and slightly more elongate body). There is also an ''imitator'' long-snouted species (C. simulatus).
Sexing Females are slightly larger (especially when viewed from above) than males.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Colombia: Rios Meta, Guaviare, Ocoa & Manacacias.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Guaviare (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Manacacias (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Ocoa (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Will take prepared foods happily, but breeding condition will require bloodworm or other insect larvae.
Furniture Open gravel swimming space preferably shaded by large broadleaf plants. A large open cave for refuge also helps settle in these fish. They may sit inactive for periods of time when resting, but will always venture forth for food.
Compatibility An ideal community fish.
Breeding Around 20-30 eggs are produced, these are laid slowly in clutches and carried by the female in a ''pouch'' formed by her pelvic fins. They are carried to the underside of broad leaves or sometimes the aquarium glass and deposited carefully.
Breeding Reports There are 11 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Ind. Univ. StudiesNo. 23 - pp230
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