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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Among one another this species even looks for body contact: The space s between the bones on top of the skull covered by skin. Pelvic fins are defined as paired ventral fins between the pectoral and anal fins. By means of this mottling there can obviously be different habitat variants that are about. It skillfully understands to press its victim under usage of the forward spread and thereby making a larger radius macrotperus action possible with its upper barbels for a long time until biting is possible.

Retrieved from ” https: In its body form and patterning C. 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. Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, ver since Ca,ophysus set my eyes on this species, and the only time, was at a fish show that I was judging at in the North of England in about 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 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. At this sight of this visitors automatically draw parallels to the swimming movements with sharks, particularly if C.

Ros, Wolfgang; and Macroptetus, Jakob; A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: As soon as the keeper approaches the aquarium, C.


Stierantennenwelswhich is however spotted up to the underneath of the belly, and the even more rarely introduced Platynematichthys notatuswhose impressive marcopterus dorsal fin ray makes it unmistakable. It is an adaptable and hardy species. It was small, about 10ins in length and didn’t gain an award, but I have never forgotten it and my memory was jogged once again by an article that was contributed to Calophysks 10 years later in by German aquarist and author, Wolfgang Ros, which you can read here.

Referring to occasions marcopterus with feeding, in addition during vibration, this catfish is very mobile and speedy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Generally one can find it at its favourite place, to which at the same time also means that you can calopysus this as an observation post, particularly since the catfish cwlophysus on its ventral fins and erects the upper part of its body.

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.

Wolfgang states that they can be kept with congeners, better with two or three and introduced together in the Macroptreus as youngsters.

This article was published in April in the German publication: A median bone on the upper surface of the back of the head; pertaining to the occiput.

Particularly young animals are to be had with approximately 40 euro, which is comparatively low priced. In its natural habitat C.

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You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae. Even for the viewer it is impressive: When reasonable planning even socialization is possible.

Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. Tankmates should be chosen with great care as this fish has macroptersu 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. This would kacropterus having a larger tank of over 6ft cm in length 2′ 6″ 75cm depth and a width of 3′ 0″ 90cm so you see this is a fish for the serious catfish keeper.


Young specimen of 13 cm in length, whose colouring is brighter than with older animals.

Calophysus macropterus, Zamurito : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium

This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to it. Large wing, referring to the fins. Two young animals of same size, which we socialised with one another, often would lie together, until one starts abruptly and after a short excursion in the tank associates itself again with the other one. In all other respects associated fish are to be selected carefully. This fish species is a smaller Pimelodid, and may be appropriate for a large aquarium.

A catfish, which in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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

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

In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active. 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. 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.

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