Catfishes have no scales. But many species have bony plates that cover and protect the body. In the family Doradidae these plates are sometimes additionally armored by spines.
One of the most common species of Doradidae in Amazonia is the marbled talking catfish, Amblydoras nauticus. The species is not very popular by the natives, because the fish often do not swim away when a wading person comes along. Instead they erect the sharp, hard and serrated spine of the dorsal fin. In case one steps on that weapon: ouch!
Amblydoras nauticus are very nice, peaceful and undemanding catfish for aquaria which can be recommended even for beginners in the hobby.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
|Angaben zum Tier|
|Herkunft||Brasilien / Brazil|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||4-6|