Black Doradid Catfish Oxydoras niger

Black Doradid Catfish
Black Doradid Catfish
Ripsaw Catfish
The Black Doradid Catfish, also called the Ripsaw Catfish because of the thorns along its side which can cause injury to predators, is native to waters of much of the wider Amazon basin including rivers, swamps and flooded forest of Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Black Doradid Catfish
Black Doradid Catfish
Black Doradid Catfish
The name "catfish" comes from the barbels or whiskers on its mouth, used to detect prey. It grows to over a metre long.
Black Doradid Catfish
Black Doradid Catfish
Ripsaw Doradid Catfish
Despite the name "Ripsaw" and the thorns, it is not aggressive but is placid and eats invertebrates filtered from the river bed.