• Pimelodidae
  • /  Phractocephalus hemiliopterus
Publicado em: 07/12/2016

Redtail catfish

Description: Fish that has leather skin andlarge size. It is characterized by a big head, heavily ossified, with a pre-dorsal bone plate. It is one of the most colorful fishes with leather skin from Amazon. Its colorsare very beautiful:it has a greenish brown dorsum, yellowish middle of the body and whitish belly. The dorsal and caudal fins are orange. It can reach over 3.30 ft of length and over 50 lbs of weight.

Ecology: This fish can be found in rivers canals, floodplains and flooded forests, including black and clear waters, and can reach the headwaters of the Amazon estuary. It feeds on fishes, seafood and crabs and has a reputation for attacking humans, especially children.