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Corydoras habrosus

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A very small species but does NOT belong to the Dwarf Lineage (Lineage 4). It belongs to Lineage 9 like for instance another dwarf, the CW140.

Corydoras habrosus is restricted to the Apure and Arauca river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela.

The Species is considered “Near Threatend” by IUCN: “Dwarf Cory Corydoras habrosus has most recently been assessed for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2020. Corydoras habrosus is listed as Near Threatened under criteria B2ab(iii).”

IUCN site: Dwarf Cory Corydoras habrosus



Weitzman, 1960



ID Group


      No C-number given


      No CW-number given


      No known synonyms

Local Names

  • Marmoreret Dværgpansermalle (Dansk)
  • Dainty Cory (English)
  • Salt And Pepper Cory (English)
  • Venezuelan Pygmy Cory (English)



Type Locality

Río Salinas, tributary of Río Pao Viejo, El Baúl, 8°59'N, 68°16'W, Cojedes, Venezuela.

Drainage system

Collection Sites

  • Río Salinas, tributary of Río Pao Viejo, El Baúl, 8°59'N, 68°16'W, Cojedes, Venezuela
  • Rio Orituco Where Crossed By Road From Calabozo, Guarico, Venezuela
  • Guanare-Guanarito Road At Road km 60, Venezuela
  • Apure River, Venezuela
  • Arauca River, Apure, Venezuela
  • Río Casanare, Colombia
  • Balneario Rio socopo, Barinas, Venezuela
  • Rio Cojedes, Cojedes, Venezuela

Detailed Map

Approximate map position.

Basic ID

Small greyish brown body with dark brown blotches. Narrow red eye-ring.


Looking at the fish from above, the female is widest at the center of the body, while the male is widest just behind the pectoral fins.
When they are well fed or in breeding condition the female is always plumper, also seen from the side.

Standard length


2.5 cm / 1 in


3.5 cm / 1.4 in

Husbandry / Keeping



Group Size

  • Medium (7-10)
  • Large (11-20)



Ease of Keeping


Approx. max. Age

3 years


See explanations

See Spawning logs:
      No items found

Has been Spawned


Bred by Me

Yes, successfully


Relatively Easy

Egg Size

Not known


Recommended Tank Parameters

Min. tank size

45 liters / 12 gal

Min.  tank length

50 cm / 20 in

Tank Setup

  • Leafy Plants
  • Mosses
  • Sponge Filter
  • Caves / Hiding places
  • Roots
  • Dried Leaves

Recommended water parameters

Temperature Range

22 - 26°C / 71.6 - 79°F

pH Range

5 - 7.5

TDS Range

20 - 500 ppm

kH Range

20 - 300 ppm

dH Range

40 - 500 ppm

Water Parameters

      No items found

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