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Scientific Name Corydoras(ln7) schultzei  Holly, 1940
Common Names Peru Gold Stripe Cory
Black Cory, Black Schultzei, Gold Flash Cory, Schultzs Pansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Aquarium specimen (said to be from very small water-courses of the Amazon).
Pronunciation sch ult zee eye
Etymology Specifically named for Otto Schultz.
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Identification This species is usually considered a synonym of Corydoras aeneus. However, there is a school of thought that holds the opinion that Corydoras aeneus should be restricted to the holotype form which is from the island of Trinidad and specifically is not as elongate as C. schultzi. Somewhere across the huge geographic range of "continental" Corydoras aeneus and amongst its several geographic variations, which are really quite different shapes and sizes, sees the species featured here. If for no other reason than to prevent captive hybridisation and indeed to help separate the other forms, the junior synonym is used here as a species in its own right.

The black colour form was produced by German aquarists in the 90's and is, confusingly, sold as Corydoras venezuelanus or Corydoras sp. VENEZUELA BLACK. This black strain has nothing to do with the country of Venezuela or the separate species, Corydoras venezuelanus.
General Remarks The all black strain (actually the fins are typically brown) is a line bred fish produced in Germany in the mid 1990's from C. schultzi. Some of these fish were sold to breeders in the Czech Republic, where they have been mass produced and subsequently have spread all over the world. .
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Distribution Imported from Peru.
IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Suggested Tankmates Keep in a shoal of at least 6 individuals - a good first catfish for a beginner's community aquarium - especially the black form which is captive raised.
Breeding Has been bred in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien v. 77, pp111.
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Last Update 2020 Mar 13 08:18 (species record created: 2001 Apr 19 00:00)