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Masked corydoras

(Corydoras metae)


Category: Fish



Also called bandit catfish or cory, this species is native to the Meta River Basin in Columbia. They are a small (~1.5 inches), peaceful, bottom feeding fish and are popular with aquarists. The bandit cory, like other corydoras species has specialized fin rays that are rigid, sharp, and can be locked into position as a defense against predators.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Siluriformes
Family - Callichthyidae
Genus - Corydoras
Species - C. metae

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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