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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Amazon Exotics Habitat (River Scout)

Range / Habitat

  • Flagtail catfish is a South American fresh water fish occurring in the Amazon River basin.

Physical Characteristics

  • Flagtail catfish can reach a maximum size of about 3.5 inches (8.4 cm).
  • The base color of its head and body is grey/brown, the upper half of the body is covered with small black spots, while the lower half is silvery.
  • The distinguishing characteristic of the species is its caudal (tail) fin that is strikingly marked with horizontal black and white stripes.
  • A pair of barbels is found on each side of its snout.

Diet / Feeding

  • Forages on the bottom like most catfish species, though it can also hunt insect larvae and crustaceans from the middle of the water column.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • In the same family as the familiar corydoras catfishes (Callichthyidae) commonly found in retail aquarium stores.