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Scientific Name Corydoras(ln9) sterbai  Knaack, 1962
Common Names Sterba's Cory
Panzerwels (Germany), Sterba's Corydoras, Sterbas Pansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Rio Guaporé, Brazil.
Pronunciation kor ee doh rass (lineage nine). - ster bye
Etymology Specifically named in honour of Dr. Günther Sterba.
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Size 68mm or 2.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification It is hard to misidentify this species but it can be confused with Corydoras haraldschultzi, although the latter is a long nosed species where C. sterbai is the dome headed form - the easiest way to tell them apart is that the Sterba's Cory has white spots on its head from eyes down to snout. C. haraldschultzi does not. Corydoras sterbai has recently become available in albino form.
Sexing Males are smaller and slimmer. Females grow larger and are much wider; most easily observed from above.
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Distribution South America: central Brazil and Bolivia.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Mamoré, Guaporé (Iténez) (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters One species of Corydoras that does not seem to mind higher temperatures.
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Feeding Readily accepts a wide variety of frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium.
Furniture Shade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required. Ideally substrate should be sand, but rounded gravel will suffice.
Compatibility Peaceful. Tank raised fish are ideal first catfish for a beginner's community aquarium. Wild caught fish will tend to be more expensive and somewhat less hardy.
Suggested Tankmates Keep in a shoal of at least 6 individuals ideally with similarly sized tetras and dwarf cichlids. A good species for the discus aquarium.
Breeding See Shane's World article (link below). Tank-bred specimens that are frequently found in the shops appear relatively easy to breed, where wild-caught specimens are reported to be a bit more difficult.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Senckenbergiana Biologica v. 43 (no. 2), pp 131, Pl. 12 (figs. 2a-c).
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Last Update 2022 May 23 11:30 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)