Giant Raphael Catfish – Talking Catfish (Megalodoras Uranoscopus)
A new species going into the main lake this morning and a rare fish for Thailand. The Giant Raphael Catfish or Talking Catfish native to the Amazon River Basin, they are similar to the ripsaw catfish but extremely slow-growing so one of this size would be 6 – 7 years old..he still has quite a bit of growing to do yet though… they are known as talking catfish as they make a loud clicking noise by rubbing their spiny pectoral fins against their body armor…
The Giant Raphael Catfish (Megalodoras uranoscopus) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Giant Talking Catfish, Mother of Snails Catfish or Megalodoras Catfish is a native to the Amazon River Basin in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
(Megalodoras uranoscopus) have been recorded in the Amazon, Essequibo, and Tocantins river systems and grow to a length of 28 inches or more.
The fish prefers slower-moving creeks, swamps, river tributaries, and areas like Lake Hyanuary, close to the rainforest city of Manaus, Brazil, They are usually found hiding among tree roots and submerged vegetation but depending on the time of year, they can also be found in temporarily flooded areas and in the main river channels.
Although they occasionally form small schools, they prefer living in smaller groups. In the wild, they feed on Licania longipetala and Astorcaryum jauari palm fruits and are particularly fond of pulmonate snails.