One of the most coveted Corydoras is the saddle-nosed Corydoras serratus from the upper Rio Negro area in Brazil. Because the saddle-nosed Corydoras are rather loners in contrast to the long- and round-nosed Corydoras, they cannot be collected in larger numbers. This and the fact that these fish were sometimes paid incredible prices in Japan made them top rarities in the ornamental fish market for a long time.
There are some breeders of these beautiful fish. It is interesting to note that the offspring are quite different in colour. Although the breeder breeds exclusively with animals that visually correspond to the ideal of C. serratus (with a broad dorsal bandage from the base of the dorsal fin to the tail), there are also specimens among their offspring that have a vertical strip under the dorsal fin instead of a continuous dorsal bandage.
Such a variance has also been observed in wild catches, but the uncertainty remained as to whether these were not other, closely related species. This question could be clarified clearly by the offspring.
We have now once again received fully grown wild catches of this beautiful catfish. They show the already mentioned variance in colouring, but most of them have the wide and long back strip.
For our customers: the animals have code 245614 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.
Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer