Quite difficult to identify
from the similar looking C.
as juveniles and knowing where your specimen(s) originated
from is a great help. Also similar toC.
leucomelas but this species is
much smaller and has a very dark eye band. Body has
dark brown spots and in the head region they form
a reticulated pattern. The eye mask is pale and runs
from the top of the eye and over the head. The black
blotch in the dorsal fin extends into the body.
Lineage: Placed in Lineage 8 sub
clade 4 which comprises the "intermediate long-snouts"
with deeper bodies. It also includes Brochis
in sub-clade 1 which was synonymised with Corydoras
by Britto in 2003 but in time there will be a revision
which will resurrect Brochis (Cope, 1871)
to full genera again. Aquarium Care:
Keeping the Black-spot Catfish is no more difficult
than any other of the Northern Amazonia species of
Corydoras and it will make a nice addition
to your community tank. Keep at least 6 of them, as
with most Corydoras they like their own company,
then you will find that they will not be so shy and
you can see them during the day picking away at any
tiny morsel that has been missed by the other occupants
of your tank. If you keep Barbs such as the "tiger"
keep a close eye on their dorsal fins as this is a
waving flag to some of the more nippy species, then
you will have to make up your mind to either move
your Barbs, or your catfish, to another tank. Diet:
A good quality flake food and tablet food for adults
with sparodic feedings of frozen or live food will
keep your Corydoras in good health.
Ecuador;in the Rio Panayacu, a tributary of
the Rio Napo which extends out of the North Western
part of Peru and also the Rio Yasuni. Peru;
in the Rio Ampiyacu and the Rio Nanay close
to the City of Iquitos, capital of the Peruvian Amazonia.
Rio Yavari near the village of Benjamin Constant where
the three countries of Peru, Colombia and Brazil meet.
Rio Tamya around the area of Masisea and a tributary
of the Rio Ucayali.
Male: 6.0cm (2¼ins)
Female: 6.5cm (2½ins)
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. Seus, Werner: Corydoras, The most
Popular armoured catfishes of South America. ScotCat
no.81. March 2003.