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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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. Referring to occasions as with feeding, in addition during vibration, this catfish is very mobile and speedy.

Calophysus macropterus, Zamurito : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium

The keeping of a certain fish species binds one in such a way that one turns to it again after many years of occupation with other ornamental fish. By means of this mottling there can obviously be different habitat variants that are about. In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. This catfish feels well if macopterus has a sufficient swimming area left to it.

In its body form and patterning C.

A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: First slowly, then getting faster and as soon as the food morsel was located, snapping it fast, showing its hunting behaviour. At this sight of this visitors automatically draw parallels to the swimming movements with sharks, particularly if C.

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.


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. Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, Central and South American cichlids and above all the well fortified species are possible, in addition large L-catfish and with appropriate tank sized fresh water rays of the genus Potamotrygon.

Above all, the bluish resplendent gloss intensifies, starting from a length of 30 centimetres making this a true eye catcher. As soon as food was given the predator is in action and looks for it.

Human uses

They bite obviously calpphysus 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.

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.

Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, ver since I set my eyes on this species, and the only time, was at a fish show that I was judging macropteeus in the North of England in about From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

There are still no consolidated findings to possibly present any sexual differences, probably however with adult animals the males are slimmer. Amazon and Orinoco River basins.

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. Calophysus macropterus Scientific classification Kingdom: A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes.


As soon as the keeper approaches the aquarium, C. A catfish, which in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks.

Calophysus macropterus – Wikipedia

It is an adaptable and hardy species. Caudal fin is defined as the tail fin. Catfish of the Month:: Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis. When reasonable planning even socialization is possible.

The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too macroperus. Views Read Edit View history. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. Pelvic fins are defined as paired ventral fins between the pectoral and anal fins.

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. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Stierantennenwelswhich is however spotted up to the underneath of the belly, and the even more rarely introduced Platynematichthys notatuswhose impressive extended dorsal fin macropterjs makes it unmistakable. 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.