Ripsaw Catfish (Oxydoras niger)

Also known as Black Doradid, Black Dora, Black-shielded Catfish, Black-talking Catfish, Dolphin Catfish, Gladiator Catfish, Mother-of-Snails Catfish, Niger Catfish, Talking Catfish, Turushuki Catfish

Description

Also known as Black Doradid, Black Dora, Black-shielded Catfish, Black-talking Catfish, Dolphin Catfish, Gladiator Catfish, Mother-of-Snails Catfish, Niger Catfish, Talking Catfish, Turushuki Catfish.

Found in schools over muddy areas of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, detritus and larvae.
Length - 100cm
Depth - ?m
South America - Amazon

Ripsaw catfish are slow moving and so their bony scutes on the sides of their bodies acts as a defense against predators, hence the name!
They use their barbels to sift through the substrate for their food.
These fish also omit a squeaking sound, hence the name "catfish". Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/12108

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