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.
Size: Up to 5.5 cm.
pH: 6.0-7.5 Hardness: 2.0 - 12.0 dGH
Sexual dimorphism: Males more slender and with pointed pectoral fins.
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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