Description of Corydoras Panda
The fins of Corydoras Panda match the body in ground colour, upon close inspection being seen to be hyaline or translucent with coloured fin rays, with the dorsal fin being marked by a conspicuous black blotch that covers almost the entire fin area. The caudal peduncle is marked with a black band, this black band encircling the caudal peduncle from dorsal to ventral surface. The adipose fin of Corydoras Panda, supported by a small fin spine, sometimes contains black pigmentation. The pelvic fins are positioned upon the ventral surface of the fish, located some way behind the pectoral fins. The body color is white. The fins are the tan to bronze in color, but the dorsal fin is black. The fish possesses, in common with almost all Corydoras species, three pairs of barbels – one pair of maxillary barbels and two pairs of rictal barbels.
A fully mature adult specimen of this species attains a standard length of 55 millimetres (2.1 inches): this is the length attained by mature females, which grow larger than mature males, and also possess more rounded body outlines.
The proximity of the home rivers of Corydoras Panda to the Andes mountain range, and the replenishment of those rivers with meltwaters from Andean snows at higher altitudes, has led the fish to be adaptable to cooler temperatures than the norm for ‘tropical’ fishes – the temperature range of the fish is 16°C to 28°C, though the fish exhibits a marked preference for the cooler regions of this temperature spectrum, particularly in captivity.
Species: C. panda