TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Siluriformes (Catfish)
Family: Callichthyidae (Callichthyid armored catfishes)
Subfamily: Corydoradinae (Cory)

Genus/species: Corydoras sterbai

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The head has light spotted markings over a dark background. As part of the armored catfish group they possess two rows of bony plates running along the flanks instead of scales. Length, 6.5cm (2.6 inches).

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DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Central Brazil, Bolivia. Fresh water benthic (bottom dwellers) in creeks, pools and flooded forest..

HABITAT: Fresh water bottom dweller.

DIET IN THE WILD: invertebrates, detritus.

REMARKS: Facultative air breathers, gulping air in oxygen-poor waters absorbing it through its highly vascularized intestine.

They have sharp pectoral fin spines, which can also produce a painful sting.

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Ref. Fishbase, Seriously fishy.

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Flooded Amazon, Cardinal Tetra tank, AM14