catfish, redtail (pirarara)
(Bloch & Schneider, 1801); PIMELODIDAE FAMILY; also called bigoril, pirarara, guacamayo, pez torre, peixe-arara
The pirarara or redtail catfish is one of the most colorful of the large catfishes found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. In its natural habitat, the redtail catfish is found in larger rivers, streams and lakes. During high water, it ventures into the flooded forests.
The pirarara is a very distinctive species. The brownish back, yellow sides and red-orange dorsal and caudal fins make this catfish very recognizable. Three pairs of barbels are present, one pair on the upper...Read More