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

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.

This article was published in April in the German publication: Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis.

Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, Possibly the social behaviour shown here is already conditioned as sex specific. Every now and then they do some rounds together and then push themselves mutually together.

Aquarium specimen are calophyysus out during the day in this way. So it is not surprising that the muzzle of C. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

On its long stretched silver-grey body it exhibits a multiplicity of irregular dark points.

Calophysus macropterus Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: First finding the prey 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.


In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. Above all, the bluish resplendent gloss intensifies, starting from a length of 30 centimetres making this a true eye catcher. Your internet guide to all things catfish.

Retrieved from ” https: Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too late.

In its body form and patterning C. Our thanks apply here for the Datz editorship and their editor-in-chief, Rainer Stawikowski, who gave us kind permission to publish this article caolphysus Scotcat. This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae.

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A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Retrieved May 23, As soon as food was given the predator is in action and looks for it. Dorsal fin is defined as the medial fin on top of back. The upper barbles of Calo;hysus macropterus are very long and reach back to the end of the caudal fin. 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

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.

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. Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Wolfgang states that they can caloophysus kept with congeners, better with two or three and introduced together in the Aquarium as youngsters.


This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area left to it. 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 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.

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 If the catfish cannot devour the prey fish at one time it will, and also here the parallels to the sea predator are unmistakable, be made disabled by a bite in the tail fin or a separation of the complete tail.

Even for the viewer it is impressive: