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Corydoras sterbai Knaack, 1962

Image contributors to this species:

Helen Burns (2) Allan James (1) Mark Duffill (3) Charles Gibbons (4) Danny Blundell (3) Vedran Stincic (1) Craig (1) BigFrogFeet (1) Yann Fulliquet (1) aquajapan (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Art Gallery Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Corydoras sterbai is sometimes confused with Corydoras haraldshultzi. The difference being that C.sterbai has for simplistic reasons a dark basic body colour with white spots on the head and snout area, while C. haraldshultzi has it in reverse, a light body with dark spots/ reticulations. Aquarium Care: Corydoras sterbai is much like any other species of the genus Corydoras, easy to keep but will do better in a group as they are sociable animals and do like their own company. They will also appreciate a bit of water movement in the aquarium. Like most of this genus they are 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. Remarks: There is now a man made albino varierty of Corydoras sterbai as can be seen in the thumbnail gallery. Note the orange pectoral spines.

Common Name:

Sterba's Catfish






South America: Brazil; Upper Rio Guaporé, near Pontes e Lacerda


6.5cm (2½ins)


23-28°C (73-83°F)


6.0 -7.2.


ScotcCat Factsheet no. 12. June 1997.



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