C. macropterus, doing laps of the aquarium in expectation of food. Species description. The genus Calophysus belongs to the large family of the Pimelodidae. Wolfgang in his article likened Calophysus macropterus to any shark species in the way it moves in the water and its eating habits. The common name of the.

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Pectoral fins are defined as paired lateral fins. Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis.

This catfish mcropterus well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to it. Since it is no ambush predator but a more active species, tanks that are to be used should, if at all possible, be not less than two meters in length and a minimum depth of 70, or better, 80 centimetres. Your internet guide to all things catfish. Particularly young animals are to be had with approximately 40 euro, which is comparatively low priced.

Tankmates should be chosen with great care as this fish has the ability to bite and tear off pieces of flesh, [2] [4] although many who have actually kept the fish report no apparent signs of aggression.

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Dorsal calpohysus is defined as the medial fin on top of back. If one adds other fish species which fit into the predatory pattern of the catfish, and this counts for example all livebearers from the Poeciliidae family, in addition Cyprinidae like the gold fish Carassius auratus auratusthen C.

The upper barbles of Calophysus macropterus are very long and reach back to the end of the caudal fin. They bite obviously only if the size differences are noticeable or one tries to bring together an older specimen after longer single keeping with a possibly younger animal, then the smaller species can be maxropterus hurt and regarded even as food.


A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Calophysus macropterus

Calophysus macropterus also known as the PiracatingaVulture Catfishor Zamurito is a species of catfish order Siluriformes of the monotypic genus Calophysus of the family Pimelodidae. For many macroprerus lovers it is manageable and at a just acceptable final length, and in addition contrary calopjysus some other predatory species, at caloophysus ages a complete beauty, making it an absolute recommendation.

Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. As soon as the keeper approaches the aquarium, C. Retrieved May 23, Young specimen of 13 cm in length, whose colouring is brighter than with older animals.

Among one another this species even looks for claophysus contact: On its long stretched silver-grey body it exhibits a multiplicity of irregular dark points. First slowly, then getting faster and as soon as the food morsel was located, snapping it fast, showing its hunting behaviour. The species is not choosey with the selection of its food and besides live foods such as earth worms it also gladly takes shrimps or fish filets, even food sticks or Forelli pellets are eaten.

In its natural habitat C. Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: Caudal fin is defined as the tail fin. The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too late.

As well as we never see our specimen digging, so plants will not be damaged, however they should be firmly fixed in the bottom, because otherwise with the occasionally hectic movements of the catfish, they will be uprooted.

The catfish species described here we already had kept in the middle of the s, and after approximately two decades we returned to it again to its keeping, whereby the procurement of one specimen brought us together and led to an active exchange of experiences.

Calophhysus thanks apply here for the Datz editorship and their editor-in-chief, Rainer Stawikowski, who gave us kind permission to publish this article on Scotcat. Calophysus macropterus Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way.

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Calophysus macropterus – Wikipedia

Possibly the social behaviour shown here is already conditioned as sex specific. So it is macropteruss surprising that the muzzle of C. Species description The genus Calophysus belongs to the large family of the Pimelodidae and is monotypical, consists only of caolphysus one species. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use caloophysus Privacy Policy. This fish has also been placed in macrotperus own family, Calophysidae.

Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely. Keeping When stressed this species is quite oxygen needy, and it indicates this by an increased respiration rate, so moved specimens need rather a long time until they have acclimatised themselves, therefore the keeper should pay attention to sufficient ventilation. An eye catcher in the big aquarium.

In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active. The Pimelodidae family in my opinion always seem to have the species that somehow look what catfish should look likeif you get my drift, and the “Vulture Catfish” is no exception with its sleek look and long barbels and of course its large mouth.

The common name of the “Vulture Catfish” complies with the bird species also, in that it will scavenge everything and anything, is very voracious, and has been known to attack the lines and nets of local Fishermen to get at there catches. It is an adaptable and hardy species.