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Scientific NameCorydoras brevirostris  Fraser-Brunner, 1947
Common NameSpotted Cory
Type LocalityOrinoco, Venezuela (aquarium specimen).
Synonym(s)Corydoras wotroi
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - brev ee ROSS truss
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 specimen's short(brevis=short) snout(rostrum=muzzle or snout).
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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.

Differs from Corydoras melanistius by having patterning in the caudal fin. Was elevated out of subspecies status (then known as Corydoras melanistius brevirostris) in 2001.
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: Orinoco River basin and coastal drainages in Suriname.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.8
Temperature20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH 25.
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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.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 117 (pt 1) - pp244
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Last Update2007 Jul 01 11:28 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)