Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Callichthyidae
(Callichthyid armored catfishes) > Corydoradinae
Etymology: Corydoras: Greek, kory = helmet + greek, doras = skin (Ref. 45335); ortegai: Named for Hernán Ortega Torres, curator of the fish collection of the Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in recognition of his deep interest in the freshwater fish fauna of Peru.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: lower Río Putumayo in Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 89658)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Diagnosed from all congeners, except Corydoras panda, Corydoras reynoldsi, Corydoras weitzmani, and Corydoras tukano, by having a transverse, dark bar
(mask) across the orbit, and ground color of body uniform with large, dark rounded blotch midlaterally on trunk below adipose fin. Can be differentiated from Corydoras reynoldsi, Corydoras weitzmani, and Corydoras tukano by the absence of a midlateral trunk blotch at the dorsal-fin level, and the rounded shape of the trunk blotch at adipose-fin level. Differs from Corydoras panda by having more lateral body plates (24 dorsolateral/ 21-22 ventrolateral vs. 22-23/20), the absence of dark brown dorsal-fin blotch (vs. presence), several scattered chromatophores surrounding yellowish white area on midregion of cleithrum (vs. chromatophores absent or nearly absent on cleithrum), caudal fin with narrow series of dark brown blotches restricted to rays (vs. caudal fin hyaline), a slenderer body (depth of body 28.3-35.1% SL vs. 40.0% SL), and a narrower intercleithral area (maximum cleithral width 10.7-15.5% SL vs. 18% SL). Additional character that distinguishes this species
from its congeners includes the unique condition of its inner mental barbels, which are distinctly separated only at their distal tips (vs. barbels distinctly separated along their entire lengths). This feature is variable among Corydoras ortegaispecimens, although this is an exclusive character-state among corydoradine catfishes (Ref. 58938).
Occurs mainly in lotic habitats characterized by muddy-brown color, soft bottom of clay and sand where it is relatively abundant (Ref. 58938).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Britto, M.R., F.C.T. Lima and M.H. Hidalgo, 2007. Corydoras ortegai, a new species of corydoradine catfish from the lower río Putumayo in Peru (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Callichthyidae). Neotrop. Ichthyol. 5(3):293-300. (Ref. 58938)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01660 (0.00658 - 0.04186), b=2.94 (2.73 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .