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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In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: 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.

There are still no consolidated findings to possibly present any sexual differences, probably however with adult animals the males are slimmer. 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 at in the North of England in about 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.

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 calophyuss in length and a minimum depth of 70, or better, 80 centimetres. 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.

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


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Separately kept they seem to do quite well. 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.

This fish species is a smaller Pimelodid, and may be appropriate for a large aquarium. Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely. 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. Referring to occasions as with feeding, in addition during vibration, this catfish is very mobile and speedy.

Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. Calophysus macropterus adult in profile – with its barbles this catfish can smell excellently. A catfish, which in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks. Caudal fin is defined as the tail fin. The males will be slimmer than the females.

Possibly the social behaviour shown here is already conditioned as sex specific.

Generally one can find it at its favourite place, to which at the same time also means that you can use macrooterus as an observation post, particularly since the catfish leans on its ventral fins and erects the upper part of its body. In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active.

When reasonable planning even socialization is possible.

Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: The space s between the bones on top of the skull covered by skin. Large wing, referring to the fins. It is an adaptable and hardy species. This page was last edited on 22 Marchat Calophysus ,acropterus also known as the PiracatingaVulture Catfishor Zamurito is a species of catfish order Siluriformes of the monotypic genus Calophysus of the family Pimelodidae.


Calophysus macropterus, Zamurito : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium

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 ScotCat 10 years later in by German aquarist and author, Wolfgang Ros, which you can read here. Amazon and Orinoco River basins.

There has been calls to place this catfish in its own family but at the moment it is classed in the Pimelodidae. As soon as food was given the predator is in action and looks for it. Pectoral fins are defined as paired lateral fins. Wolfgang in his article likened Calophysus macropterus to any shark species in the way it moves in the water and its eating habits.

The hungrier it is the jerkier and in addition livelier it becomes and shows this by swimming up and down the front glass. Views Read Edit View history. Calophysus macropterus Scientific classification Kingdom: 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 no apparent signs of aggression.

Retrieved May 23, The fin forward from the anal cavity. 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.