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Cave tetra

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The interesting species of the river

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Arapaima

Arapaima

Barred sorubim

Barred sorubim

Redtail catfish

Redtail catfish

Acary avion

Acary avion

Red-bellied Pacu

Red-bellied Pacu

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Sailfin pimeloid

Sailfin pimeloid

Broadband red headstander

Broadband red headstander

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Rosy tetra

Rosy tetra

Emperor tetra

Emperor tetra

Red phantom tetra

Red phantom tetra

Redhook myleus

Redhook myleus

Colombian darter characin

Colombian darter characin

Striped Headstander

Striped Headstander

Winterbottoms headstander

Winterbottoms headstander

Equator hero cichlid

Equator hero cichlid

Ecuador Cichlid

Ecuador Cichlid

Meta Cichlid

Meta Cichlid

Red-eye Tetra

Red-eye Tetra

Oscar

Oscar

Yellow plankton cichlid

Yellow plankton cichlid

Cardinal tetra

Cardinal tetra

Gulper Catfish

Gulper Catfish

Common Whiptail Catfish

Common Whiptail Catfish

Redtail catfish

Redtail catfish

Facts

LatinPhractocephalus hemioliopterus
Size134 cm
FoodFish, crustaceans and fallen fruits
HabitatAt the bottom of rivers, lakes and flooded forests
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Amazon Basin in South America
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A bearded giant

The redtail catfish feels and tastes its way around using its barbels. This is how it gets a sense of its surroundings.

Mouth like a barn door

The redtail catfish uses its enormous jaws to greedily consume everything it encounters. If it stretches its mouth open wide, the redtail catfish can even eat prey that is larger than its head.

Weird beard

The redtail catfish controls its 6 barbels like small hands. It scans everything that hides at the bottom in the dark and muddy water. The redtail catfish also uses its barbels to lure prey closer to its huge jaws. The barbels also help the redtail catfish to detect its enemies.


Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Veiled chameleon

Under construction

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi