Saul Paredes (1) Karsten Schönherr
This name will often be found
in aquarist shops but 'punctatus' is given to any
spotted species and as exports are not normally carried
out from Surinam you will be very lucky to pick up
this rare species in the hobby. Occurs upstream and
prefers to live in small, moderately sunny and shallow
creeks with sandy to sandy-muddy bottoms. Also occurs
on the edges of stagnant zones of flooded forests
(dams, lakes). Populations living on darker substrates
have more and larger spots. 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 (Agassiz, 1846).
Aquarium Care: 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. Sexual Dimorphism:
The pectoral fins in the male are markedly longer
and thicker due to the presence of a number of spikelets.
Diet: Readily accepts a mixed and varied
diet which includes granular foods, tablet food, frozen
bloodworm and good quality flake to name but a few.
Corydoras punctatus sipaliwini
Surinam; Suriname River near district Brokopondo,
Marowijne Creek and Sarakreek.
Male: 4.5cm (1¾ins)
Female: 5.0cm (2ins)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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publication. www.fishbase.org, version (11/2010). Le Bail, P.-Y., P. Keith and P. Planquette
2000 Atlas des poissons d'eau douce de Guyane
(tome 2, fascicule II). Publications scientifiques
du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris:
307 p. 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