Named because of its similarity
coming from the same locality. C. simulatus
is one of only four species that posses a third
pair of rictal barbels, C.
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
cortesi.Sometimes imported with the exporters name
of C."Olga" (also C. septentrionalis).
"Saddle nosed" species which would place
it in Lineage 1. When there is a
revision they will stay as Corydoras (Lacépède,
1803) with the type species of C. geoffroy
La Cépède, 1803. 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.
Colombia; Rio Ocoa, Rio Manacacias, tributary of the
Rio Meta near Puerto Gaitau.
Male: 6.5cm (2½ins)
Female: 7.0cm (2¾ins)
22-27°C (71 -81°F)
Ian A. M. Fuller &
Hans-Georg Evers (2011). Identifying Corydoradinae
Catfish Supplement 1. Ian Fuller Enterprises. Alexandrou, Markos
& Taylor, Martin. (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited.