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Corydoras simulatus Weitzman & Nijssen, 1970

Image contributors to this species:

Ian Fuller (1) Chris Ralph (1) Mark Goh (1) Enrico Richter (1) Haakon Haagensen (1) Chistian Dresel (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Named because of its similarity to Corydoras metae, coming from the same locality. C. simulatus is one of only four species that posses a third pair of rictal barbels, C. septentrionalis, C. geoffroy and C. amapaensis are  the other three. These extra barbels are short and not that easy to see unless the fish is stationary. There are two different forms in the hobby, one with black dorsal markings and a plain body and the other with a black blotch to the body. Similar looking to C. cortesi. Sometimes imported with the exporters name of C."Olga" (also C.septentrionalis). Aquarium Care: As this is one of the longer snouted species it will be well suited to most community tanks. A well planted tank with a soft substrate such as sand so they can bury their snouts while searching out food. 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: Colombia; Rio Ocoa, Rio Manacacias, tributary of the Rio Meta near Puerto Gaitau.


6.5cm (2½ins)


22-27°C (71 -81°F)


6.0 -7.2.



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