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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Pelvic fins are defined as paired ventral fins between the pectoral and anal fins. Among one another this species even looks for body contact: A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: A median bone on the upper surface of the back of the head; pertaining to the occiput.

Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis. Young specimen of 13 cm in length, whose colouring is brighter than with older animals.

The hungrier it is the jerkier and in addition livelier it becomes and shows this by swimming up and down calopnysus front glass. The space s between the bones on top of the skull covered by skin.

Calophysus macropterus

Even for the viewer it is impressive: Ros, Wolfgang; and Schmidt, Jakob; A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Generally one can find it at its favourite place, to which at the same time also means that you can use this as an observation post, particularly since the catfish leans on its ventral fins and erects the upper part of its body. 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.


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Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely.

Calophysus macropterus Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: Views Read Edit View history. Some aquarists know this phenomenon: 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 meters maropterus length and a minimum depth of 70, or better, 80 centimetres.

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. By means of this mottling there can obviously be macropterhs habitat variants that are about.

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

In its body form and macroptfrus C. About five years old, specimen of 45 cm in length and a weight of over 1 kg, resting on its favourite place.

The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too late. 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.


Calophysus macropterus – Wikipedia

Pectoral fins are defined as paired lateral fins. In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active. 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. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Back to Aricles Index. Retrieved from ” https: It is an adaptable and hardy species.

Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. Amazon and Orinoco River basins. The high-sensitive barbles leads the animal to the piece of trout lying on the ground. The species is not choosey with mzcropterus 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.