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).
Lineage: A "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
a 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)
& Taylor, Martin. (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited.
Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers
(2011). Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement
1. Ian Fuller Enterprises.