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Scientific Name Callichthys callichthys  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Names Cascarudo/Armoured Catfish
Langstrakt Pansermalle (Denmark), Schwielenwels (Germany)
Type Locality American rivers.
Synonym(s) Callichthys affinis, Callichthys arcifer, Callichthys asper, Callichthys caelatus, Callichthys callichthys bolteni, Callichthys callichthys demararae, Callichthys depressus, Callichthys hemifractus, Callichthys kneri, Callichthys laeviceps, Callichthys loricatus, Callichthys tamoata, Silurus callichthys
Pronunciation kal ICK thiss
Etymology Callichthys: From the Greek kallos, meaning beautiful and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the colour pattern. As per genus.
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Size 165mm or 6.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males develop a thickened bright orange first ray in the pectoral fin, where females have a thin first ray. Also, mature males have a thick adipose-fat body on the ventral surface of the pectoral fin.
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Distribution South America: Most Cis-Andean South American river drainages north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paran√°, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers, Oyapock (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 18.0-28.0°C or 64.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Easy to feed, will eat most prepared, frozen and live foods.
Furniture Prefers a well shaded tank. Floating plants, and tall broad leaved plants make good shade. They also like overhanging stones, tunnels, etc.
Compatibility A fairly large fish that can be boisterous when feeding, so as long as tankmates accept this behaviour.
Breeding Bubble nest breeder.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Systema Naturae, Ed. X v. 1, pp 307.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 14:19 (species record created: 2002 Jan 19 00:00)