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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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. If you found this page helpful you can help keep ScotCat running by making a small donation, Thanks. 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. Ros, Wolfgang; and Schmidt, Jakob; A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Calophysus macropterus

Dorsal fin is defined as the medial fin on top of back. This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae. On its long stretched silver-grey body it exhibits a multiplicity calophysuw irregular dark points. The catfish species described here we already had kept in the middle of the s, and after approximately two decades we macropteeus to it again to its keeping, whereby the procurement of one specimen brought us together and led to an active exchange of experiences.

It skillfully understands to press its victim under usage of the forward spread and thereby making a larger radius of action possible with its upper barbels for a long time until biting is possible. Back to Aricles Index. This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to calolhysus. Separately kept they seem to do quite well. Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, Generally one can find it at its favourite place, to which at the same time also means that you can use calophyssus as an observation post, particularly since the catfish leans on its ventral fins and erects the upper part of its body.


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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 cwlophysus hurt and regarded even as food. By means of this mottling there can obviously be different habitat variants that are about.

Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. In its body form and patterning C. Even for the viewer it is impressive: A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A median bone on the upper surface of the back of the head; pertaining to the occiput.

As soon as the keeper approaches the aquarium, C. Every now and then they do some rounds together and then push themselves mutually together. An eye catcher in the big aquarium. At this sight of this visitors automatically draw parallels to the swimming movements with sharks, particularly if C.

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Calophysus macropterus Scientific classification Kingdom: In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. 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.

Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis. Your internet guide to all things catfish. 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. Pelvic calophhsus are defined as paired ventral fins between the pectoral and anal fins.


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Catfish of the Month:: The upper barbles of Calophysus macropterus are very long and reach back to the end of the caudal fin. 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. So it is not surprising that the muzzle of C. Wolfgang states that they can be kept with congeners, better with two or three and introduced together in the Aquarium as youngsters.

Species description The genus Calophysus belongs to the large family of the Pimelodidae and is monotypical, consists only of the one species. It is an adaptable and hardy species. 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 a large tank to cruise around in.

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. Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely.

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