Corydoras carlae is a small catfish from the drainage of the Rio Iguazu in North Eastern Argentina. Described by Nijssen & Isbrücker in 1983 from material collected by JP Gosse in 1977. It has not been seen in the hobby up until now.
Around 2005 Stefan Koerber collected some specimens and brought them to Germany (giving them to Ingo Seidel) but they did not become established. A photograph taken by Hans-Georg Evers of one specimen was used to illustrate the C. carlae entry in Evers’ and Fuller’s “Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish” published in 2005.
In January 2010 Hans-Georg Evers visited the area with some colleagues and collected some more specimens which he brought back to Germany. You can read all about Hans’ adventures with collecting this fish here.
Hans was successful with his breeding programme and in June 2010 brought some young fish to The Preston Aquarist Society convention. Luckily some friends were at the convention and kindly transported some fish home for me. And here is one of them.
A lovely looking little catfish. From some angles it looks like it has been sprinkled with gold dust so I’ve given it the name gold-dust cory. Not sure if it will catch on though!