Corydoras diphyes

22. June 2010

This Corydoras is available irregularly in Germany and has been recently described by Axenrot and Kullander (2003). C.dyphyes originates from the tributary of the Rio Monday, a river flowing into the Rio Parana in Paraguay. This species was described, for a long time, as Corydoras flaveolus which comes however from the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. This catfish has a variable coloration, is relatively easy to breed and is very suitable for the planted communion fish tank together with peaceful companions. In their natural habitat these armoured catfish live in large shoals together with Otocinclus mimulus. The coloration and pattern of A. mimulus coincides very well with those of C.diphyes. In this way the Otocinclus catfish tries to protect itself for predators, in this case Crenicichla lepidota. This phenomenon is called mimicry.(Photo: Erwin Schraml, Text: Izaak den Daas)

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Paraguay, Rio Monday