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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If you found this page helpful macroopterus can help keep ScotCat running by making a small donation, Thanks. The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too late. An out and out predator so should only be kept with larger species such as South American cichlids, Oscars etc.

Calophysus macropterus

Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis. A catfish, ca,ophysus in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks. In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active.

For this purpose one lets them grow up together, best with two or three young animals.

First finding the prey in principle takes place not by means of visual contact, but owing to the forward placed barbles it guides the animal even with weak smelling traces, and as also in nature in cloudy water, still leading to the food.

Calophysus macropterus adult in profile – with its barbles this catfish can smell excellently. 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.

Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Our 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.

Separately kept they seem to do quite well. This article was published in April in the German publication: This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to it. 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 czlophysus attack the lines and nets of local Fishermen to get at there catches.


Your internet guide to all things catfish. Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely.

Caudal fin is defined as the tail fin. On its long stretched silver-grey body it exhibits a multiplicity of irregular dark points.

Human uses

When reasonable planning even socialization is possible. Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, 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 callphysus the occasionally hectic movements of the catfish, they will be uprooted.

There are still no consolidated findings to possibly present any sexual differences, probably however with adult animals the males are slimmer. The space s between the bones on top of the skull covered by skin. Views Read Edit View history. Under aquaristic aspects this interesting catfish to this day is undervalued and could be more frequently seen in big home aquariums to convince astonished visitors of its attractiveness.

Retrieved May 23, I must admit that in the “Large Catfish” world this is probably one of the nicest looking and comparatively easy to keep species if you are a big cat enthusiast, and if you are able to give it calopjysus large tank to cruise around in. This catfish -related article is a stub.

Such losses are the reason this species has suffered such a reputation, however they can be avoided in the tank if sufficient food is always given, but understanding automatically that this happens with the keeping of predatory species.

Every now and then they do some rounds together and then push themselves mutually together. 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 seriously hurt and regarded even as food.

If caoophysus animal is full, it rests on its favourite place, but even this phase is interrupted in irregular fashion and swims in one or two rounds through the tank, before it rests itself back there again.

The Pimelodidae family in my opinion always seem to have calolhysus 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. Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way.


In the rear of the aquarium, well secured stone structures or durable solitary plants should be present and roots or large stones as resting places, then a hiding place, into which the animal can retire itself completely, is not necessary. Referring to occasions as with feeding, in addition during vibration, this catfish is very mobile and speedy.

It skillfully understands to press its victim under usage of the forward spread and thereby making calohysus larger radius of action possible calophywus its upper barbels for a long time until biting is possible.

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. Attracted by the smell and the death fight of the prey the possible species companions also take part, then the rest of the prey is fed by all in a true devour orgy.

Even for the viewer it is impressive: For many catfish lovers it is manageable and at a just acceptable final length, and in addition contrary to some other predatory species, at all ages a complete beauty, making it an absolute recommendation. Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

At this sight of this visitors automatically draw parallels to the swimming movements with sharks, particularly if C. Calophysus macropterus also calophyssus as the PiracatingaVulture Catfishor Zamurito is a species of catfish order Siluriformes of the monotypic genus Calophysus of the family Pimelodidae. First slowly, then getting faster and as soon as the food morsel was located, snapping it fast, showing its hunting behaviour.

Calophysus macropterus, Zamurito : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium

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. The males macropteeus be slimmer than the females. An eye catcher in the big aquarium.

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