VULTURE (MOTA) CATS / CALOPHYSUS MACROPTERUS

Calophysus macropterus (also known as the Piracatinga, Vulture Catfish, or Zamurito) is a species of catfish (order Siluriformes) of the monotypic genus Calophysus of the family Pimelodidae.[1]

This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae.[2]

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Description

This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae.[2]

This species reaches 40 centimetres (16 in) SL and originates from the Amazon and Orinoco basins.[3] This species is reported to commonly attack the fishes caught in fishermen’s nets and seines as well as those hooked on trotlines or gaffed.[3]

This fish species is a smaller Pimelodid, and may be appropriate for a large aquarium. It is an adaptable and hardy species. 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.[5]

 

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