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Corydoras parallelus Burgess, 1993

Image contributors to this species:

Adrian Payne (1) Dennis Barrett (1) Allan James (1) Hans-Georg Evers (1) Graham Carr (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

Similar to C. schwartzi but this species does not posses the orange blotch in the predorsal region and the first ray of the dorsal is transparent or greyish black whereas C. parallelus has the first ray of the dorsal black. This species was first given the C-Number of C002. A very beautiful species. Aquarium care: This is akin to most of this genus, very peaceful, and would be best housed with small to medium tank mates such as Tetras, Rasboras and Danios or in a species tank for breeding purposes. Diet: A good quality flake food and tablet food for adults with sporadic feedings of frozen or live food will keep your Corydoras in good health. Remarks: The last two images are of specimens which reportedly grow bigger than C. parallelus and has two thicker stripes, which have in the past been exported to Japan as "Super parallelus". It is reported that this parallelus look-a-like is sympatric with C. bifasciatus (info. from K.C. Cheung). There is another parallelus look-a-like species which has a longer snout which may in time be given a new CW number (from Ian Fullers website at www.corydorasworld.com).

Common Name:







South America: Brazil; Upper Negro River basin. Type locality: Rio Içana, upper Rio Negro, Brazil.


Male: 5.5cm (2¼ins) Female: 6.0cm (2½ins)


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.



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