Saul Paredes (1) Karsten Schönherr
This name will often be found
in aquarist shops but 'punctatus' is given to any
spotted species and as exports are not normally carried
out from Surinam you will be very lucky to pick up
this rare species in the hobby. Habitat:
Occurs upstream and prefers to live in small, moderately
sunny and shallow creeks with sandy to sandy-muddy
bottoms. Also occurs on the edges of stagnant zones
of flooded forests (dams, lakes). Populations living
on darker substrates have more and larger spots. Lineage:
Placed in Lineage 9, the "short-snouted"
species with the designated type species: C. punctatus.
A revision in the future would constitute the resurrection
of the genus name Hoplosopma (Agassiz, 1846).
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. Sexual Dimorphism:
The pectoral fins in the male are markedly longer
and thicker due to the presence of a number of spikelets.
Diet: Readily accepts a mixed and varied
diet which includes granular foods, tablet food, frozen
bloodworm and a good quality flake.
Corydoras punctatus sipaliwini
Surinam; Suriname River near district Brokopondo,
Marowijne Creek and Sarakreek.
Male: 4.5cm (1¾ins)
Female: 5.0cm (2ins)
& Taylor, Martin. (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (11/2010). Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers
(2011). Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement
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2000 Atlas des poissons d'eau douce de Guyane
(tome 2, fascicule II). Publications scientifiques
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