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    Redtail Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus), known as pirarara in Brazil, is a species of long-whiskered catfishes (Pimelodidae). Although in the wild this coloful omnivorous species can reach 1.3 meters in length it is still popular with aquarists and enjoys a dedicated following, partly because this intelligent fish soon comes to recognize its owner sufficiently to feed from the hand.

    This freshwater fish originates from the tropical waters of Africa, Asia and northern parts of South America. It has a remarkably large head and long barbs around the mouth. The species feeds on fish, crabs and fruits.

    It is introduced but not established in Florida. They have highly developed swimbladders to make loud humming and drumming noises. Due to the potentially large size of this species, redtail catfish are considered a game fish by anglers.

    Video Credits: Jay Siemens
    Image Credits: Serstef, WikiMedia

    References:

    1. David Alderton – Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish
    2. Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus

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