The flagtail catfish is characterized by its strikingly marked caudal (tail) fin.
  • Size

    3.5 inches (9 cm)
  • Diet

    Omnivorous benthic feeder
  • Range

    South America
  • Habitat

    Amazon River basin

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum size of about 3.5 inches (9 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 which is strikingly marked with horizontal black and white stripes.
  • A pair of barbels are found on each side of its snout.

Animal Fact

The flagtail catfish is a South American freshwater fish occurring in the Amazon River basin.

Diet / Feeding

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

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in South America in the Amazon River basin.

Reproduction & Growth

  • Oviparous (egg-laying species).

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

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


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