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Two new cory cats for 2014

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 07, 2014 09:00 AM
This isn't exactly breaking news, but no aquarist publication AFAWK reported about these two Corydoras spp. described earlier this year. And we know how much freshwater aquarists adore cories.
Two new cory cats for 2014

A new longfin cory, Corydoras sp. ‘Misiones’ which may turn out to be C.gryphus. Photo by Ian Fuller

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Photo by Ian Fuller
Photo by Ian Fuller

Cories are like the Trimma gobies of the tropical freshwater scene in that there is a bountiful variety of these (generally) pint-sized bottom dwellers.

It's been more than five years since the last new cory was described.  In 2014, two new Cordydoras, both from Southern Brazil, were described.

Corydoras gryphus

(top and right photo)

C.gryphus is the third Corydoras (the other two being C. longipinnis and C. tukano) to exhibit sexual dimorphism with an elogated dorsal fin.  This species is described in a paper published by the Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia / Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul:
http://www.ufrgs.br/ni/niv12n01/niv12n01artigo%2007.pdf

 

Corydoras lacrimostigmata

(photo below)

C.lacrimostigmata (we love this name) is nearly identical to Corydoras flaveolus except for a few morphological differences such as the snout and minor fin variation. This species is described in a paper published by the Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia / Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul:
http://www.ufrgs.br/ni/niv12n01/niv12n01artigo%2009.pdf

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A reported Corydoras lacrimostigma.  Photo by Marco Antônio Deprá

 

Why do aquarist love cories so much? Besides their weirdo behaviour of playing dead when resting, here's why:

corygathering.jpg

A clowder of cory cats probably up to no good (via zimzibar @ reddit/r/Aquariums)

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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