the Latin adjective velifer, meaning sail bearing (Latin
velum = sail and fero = to bear). The name refers to the
relatively elongate first dorsal-fin ray of this species,
a diagnostic character.
Lat. velites, plural
of veles, light armed troops of the Roman army, which
usually opened the fighting hurling javelins, retreating
among the ranks of heavy infantry as the struggle advanced.
An allusion to the relatively delicate complexion of the
a vermiculate pattern.
Latin word for Wasp,
due to the colour markings.
Lake Victoria, East Africa.
The specific epithet
violaceus is a Latin word and means violet-colored, in
reference to the general violet body coloration of the
Corydoras was named in honour of Adolfo Schwartz's
From the Latin viridis,
meaning green, and refering to the colour of the fish.
name is used in reference to the relatively deep, robust
body and long fin spines of this species when compared
to many congeners.
Means 'of glass’,
in reference to the transparent appearance of this species.