All FishesCallichthyidaeCorydoradinaeCorydoras

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Scientific NameCorydoras vittatus  Nijssen, 1971
Common Name
Type LocalityTributary of Rio Itapicurú at Caxias, 4°53'S, 43°20'W, Maranhão State, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Corydoras blochi vittatus
PronunciationKory DOOR ass
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 literally means "decorated with a ribbon" and refers to the pattern along its flanks.
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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: Itapicurú River basin in north-eastern Brazil.
Maranhão waters, Itapicurú (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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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.
BreedingHas been bred in the aquarium.
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ReferencesBeaufortia v. 19 (no. 250) - pp97 - Fig. 7
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Last Update2011 Oct 05 12:14 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)