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Corydoras leucomelas, Eigenmann & Allen, 1942
False spotted catfish

Origin:Colombia, Peru, Upper Amazonas River basin. According to Lambourne the species also occurs in Equador, Rio Panayacu and Rio Pastaza.

Etymology: leucomelas(L.): With white and black.

Synonyms: Corydoras caquatae, Fowler, 1943

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Siluriformes Family: Callichthyidae, subfamily: Corydoradinae

First European import: Unknown

Description: See picture. Easy to recognize because of the size of the fish, and the dark vertical bars in the caidal fin.

Care: Similar to other Corydoras species, although this species is somwhat more delicate. Best kept in a species tank, or together with small salmons.

Temperature:22-26°C

Feeding:Omnivorous.

Size: Up to 5.5 cm.

pH: 6.0-7.5 Hardness: 2.0 - 12.0 dGH

Breeding: Unknown(!)

Sexual dimorphism: Males more slender and with pointed pectoral fins.

Prices: 4-8€

Additional: Seldom available.

Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.Lambourne, D. ((1995): Corydoras catfish, An Aquarist's Handbook. Blandford, London, UK.

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