This species can be confused with Corydoras davidsandsi and C.melini but the revealing factor is the position of the black body stripe on C.metae which runs over the ridge of the back whereas in C.melini it breaks and divides into two over the back and continues to almost the end of the lower lobe of the caudal fin, in other words it shows the body colouration on the ridge of the back, while metae, on the ridge of the back, is black.
The difference between C.metae and C.davidsandsi is that the latter has a broader black band which covers the ridge of the back, whereas metae has a thinner band and has also a thinner black band over its eyes, compared to C.davidsandsi. The latter has also a lighter body colour.
Originates from the white waters of the Rio Metae in Colombia so a higher Ph and not too acidic would suit this species.An easy enough species to keep and while of no great beauty it does have a pleasing colouration and pattern that even the most discerning aquarist would find appealing. It would probably make a good step-up for the beginning Corydoras keeper
- Species – Corydoras Metae
- Common Name – False Bandit Cory, Masked Cory
- Origin – South America
- Diet – omnivore
- PH Range – 6.8 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 22°c – 26°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Max Size – approximately 5cm
- Sex – Un-sexed