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Corydoras cochui Myers & Weitzman, 1954

Image contributors to this species:

Ian Fuller (1) Allan James (1) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

In the 1980s and 90s this species was mixed up and imported alongside C. habrosus from Colombia and was mostly thought of as this species. When C. cochui was eventually imported from Brazil it was given the C-number of C022 which untill recently was thought to be C. cochui but since a new paper in 2018 by V.C. Espíndola et al. it was discovered that C022 was a different species altogether and has now been given the new name of Corydoras benattii. The difference is in the body markings where C. cochui has 4 blotches and C. habrosus 3. In place of the large blotch in the caudal peduncle of C. habrosus, C. cochui has 2 smaller spots situated between the adipose fin and the caudal peduncle (where the tail meets the body). Weitzman redescribed this species again in 1956. 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.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil; Upper Araguaia River basin. Type locality: Santa Maria Nova, Rio Araguaya, State of Goyaz, Brazil.


3.5cm (1¼ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Fuller, Ian A.M. & Evers, Hans-Georg: Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish. 2005. 384 p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 31. Jan.1999
Espíndola, V.C. Tencatt, L.F.C. Pupo, F.M. Villa-Verde, L. & Britto, M.R. 2018. From the inside out: a new species of armoured catfsh Corydoras with the description of poorly-explored character sources (Teleostei, Siluriformes, Callichthyidae)



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