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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This fish species is a smaller Pimelodid, and may be appropriate for a large aquarium. 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. This catfish -related article is a stub. A median bone on the upper surface of the back of the head; pertaining to the occiput. This article was published in April in the German publication: First finding the calophysu 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.

A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Separately kept macopterus seem to do quite well. 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. When reasonable planning even socialization is possible.

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Retrieved May 23, 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. Pelvic fins are defined as paired ventral fins between the pectoral macroptedus anal fins. Wolfgang states that they can be kept with congeners, better with two or three and introduced together in the Aquarium as youngsters.

This page was last edited on 22 Marchat Retrieved from ” https: Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: Among one another this species even looks for body contact: 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. 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 calophhysus apparent signs of aggression.


Besides this, it is durable, and with good filtering a temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius and otherwise “normal” water parameters, it is easily kept. 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.

The caliphysus barbles of Calophysus macropterus are very long and reach back to the end of the caudal fin. An eye catcher in the big aquarium. 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.

Calophysus macropterus

This would precipitate 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.

The high-sensitive barbles leads the animal to the piece calophysux trout lying on the ground. The common name of the “Vulture Catfish” complies with the bird macropterhs 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.

Large wing, referring to the fins. A catfish, which in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks.

Since it is no ambush predator but a more active species, tanks that are to be used should, if at all possible, be macroptersu less than two meters in length and a minimum depth of 70, or better, 80 centimetres. Calophysus macropterus Scientific classification Kingdom: There has been calls to calopysus this catfish in its own family but at the moment it is classed in the Pimelodidae.


Particularly young animals are to be had with approximately 40 euro, which is comparatively low priced. Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Pectoral fins are defined as paired lateral fins.

In all other respects calophysu fish are to be selected carefully. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. The males will be slimmer than the females. On its long stretched silver-grey body it exhibits a multiplicity of irregular dark points. If you found this page helpful you can help keep ScotCat running by making a small donation, Thanks. It is an adaptable and hardy species. A preliminary survey ccalophysus the Siluriformes. This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to it.

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.

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

About five years old, specimen of 45 cm in length and a weight of over 1 kg, resting on its favourite place. 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 other projects Wikimedia Commons. They are predatory catfish with fast growth, but although somewhat dependent on the aquarium size too, 10 to 15 centimetres long specimens grow more than the double of there own length in the first year of there keeping.

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