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Corydoras amapaensis Nijssen, 1972

Image contributors to this species:

Ian Fuller (2) Ivor Hilton (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search   All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

C. amapaensis is one of only four species that posses a third pair of rictal barbels, C. septentrionalis, C. geoffroy and C. simulatus are the other three. These extra barbels are short and not that easy to see unless the fish is stationary. There are two populations of C.amapaensis with their own colour patterns and they may overlap. Found in small creeks with flowing water and sandy bottom, in the upper reaches of rivers, upstream of the first rapids. Sympatric with C. solox. Aquarium Care: This is akin to most of this genus, very peaceful, and would be best housed with small to medium sized tankmates such as Tetras, Rasboras and Danios or in a species tank for breeding purposes. Best to purchase 6 individuals or more as they will be happier in a group. Diet: Readily accepts a mixed and varied diet which includes granular foods, tablet food, frozen bloodworm and good quality flake to name but a few. Remarks: The fish collected in the Oyapock River in the border river between French Guyana and Brazil is likely to be a colour variety of C. amapaensis.

Common Name:







South America: Oyapock and Amapari rivers in Amapá State in Brazil and French Guiana. Type locality: Brazil, Est. Amapa, Cachoera Creek at right bank of Río Amapari, 4 km downstream of Casa do 7.


6.0cm ( 2¼ins) Male; 7.0cm ( 2¾ins) Female.


22-26°C (71-79°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (04/2011).
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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