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Corydoras elegans Steindachner, 1877

Image contributors to this species:

Julian Dignall (3) Dennis Barrett (2) Danny Blundell (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

An old favourite in the hobby and has been bred numerous times. See article. Males have more colourful markings than the females and also have three black bands in the dorsal fin. 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: There are a few different forms of this species and one of them was described by Holly in 1940 as Corydoras pestai. This is now a synonym of C. elegans but there is a train of thought that this species (C. pestai) may be valid and has been treated as so in Isbrücker (2001b: 232).

Common Name:

Elegant Corydoras


Corydoras pestai   




South America: Upper Amazon River basin..Type locality: Teffé, Brazil.


5.0cm ( 2ins) Male; 5.5cm ( 2¼ins) Female.


23-25°C (73-77°F)




Fuller, I.A.M. & Evers, H-G: 2005 Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish 384p
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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