diphyes Axenrot & Kullander, 2003
contributors to this species:
Ralph (3) Allan
James (3) Hans-Georg
belongs to the family Callichthyidae or Armoured Catfishes from
South America; namely Paraguay, and is documented as being restricted
to the tributaries of the Río Monday, Río Acaray,
the right bank tributaries of the Río Paraná and a
small stream at Estancia María Balén. Corydoras
diphyes is also documented as being found in Brazil.
It is a recently described species of Corydoras (2003).
In its natural habitat Corydoras diphyes usually occurs
in areas which have sandy substrates with bank vegetation entering
the water. The water in which they are found varies from dark (stained
with tannins) to clear or slightly turbid. This particular
catfish is documented as being mimicked by Otocinclus mimulus.
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.
America: Monday River and Acaray River, Paraná River
basin, Paraguay. Type locality: Paraguay: Departamento
Caaquazú: río Paraná drainage, small sream
(arroyo) at Estancia María Belén, 8 km from Colonel
Patricio Colman, 25º40'13"S, 55º5'52"W.
no. 142. April 2008.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes,
recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of
siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.