but this species
is higher bodied. There is also a variety with an
eye mask which may be the juvenile pattern of C. loretoensis,
with this trait disappearing as they grow into adulthood.
first glance in your LFS you would be challenged to
think of a more unspectacular looking cory, but believe
me when you get them home and settled in your aquarium
you will be surprised at the beauty of this little
catfish. Of course not a looker in the sense of colouration,
but the high dorsal with the black edging and the
black spots on the grey body coupled with its gregarious
behavior will make it a firm favourite in your fish
room/hut. I picked mine up at an auction and wondered
why I had bid for them, but I am very glad that I
did as I had not kept this Corydoras in over
30 years of fishkeeping and it sparked a bit of exhilaration
in my Fishhouse
- head view
The head view
image above shows the unusually large eyes which are
situated high on the head. The snout is very short
This is a very social Corydoras and one that
you should consider if you have not kept this species
is 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
Loreto Province, Rio Nanay. Type locality:
Xeberos and Huallaga, Peru.
4.5cm (1¾ins) Male;
5.0cm (2ins) Female.
Head short and blunt. Eyes
large which are situated high on the head. Dorsal
Ground colour of head and
body grey with black spots and blotches. Dorsal
fin spine is black and the rest of the fin may have
a few dark spots/blotches. Rest of fins hyaline
but some specimens may show faint bars in the caudal
fin. There is a hint of a pale eye mask in adults.
Care & Compatibility
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.
As per Corydoras
'T' mating fashion but not one of the easiest members
of this genera to spawn but once you have been successful
they should spawn at regular intervals. Will lay their
eggs in Java moss, spawning mops or the corners of
the tank glass. There have been reports (Fuller 2013)
of this species laying eggs in the sand substrate.
Males tend to be more brightly
coloured with the females showing a paler colouration.
Readily accepts a mixed and
varied diet which includes granular foods, tablet
food, frozen bloodworm and a good quality flake.
skin,(helmeted Doras) cuirass. loretoensis:From Loreto,
a department in Peru where this Corydoras species
Caudal fin:The tail. Dorsal fin:The
primary rayed fin(s) on top of the body. Hyaline:Transparent or clear without pigment.
Markos & Taylor, Martin (2011). Evolution,
ecology and taxonomy of the Corydoradinae revisited. Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Fuller, I.A.M. & Evers, H-G: 2005 Identifying
Corydoradinae Catfish 384 p.