Gilded catfish, Zungaro zungaro in Bolivia

Photo credit: Felipe Alviz Costa (Bolivia)        Description: Abdel Rahman El Gamal

This catfish species has several common names such as giant Jelly Catfish, Gilded Catfish and Manguruyú (the last one is the Spanish name especially in Argentinian). This species is native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America. This catfish is mainly piscivorous, that usually hunts at night. This fish is known by its aggressiveness. The gilded catfish are sexually mature upon reaching about 10 kg weight. The nursery ground is at the river mouths.

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