Ripsaw catfish

Scientific name 
Oxydoras niger
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What it looks like: A large slate-grey fish with prominent tooth-like scutes on its flanks.

Animal facts: Catfish get their name from their prominent barbels, which look like a cat's whiskers.

What they eat: This species is omnivorous and consumse a wide variety of foods - invertebrates, aquatic plants and fish eggs.

Where they live: Amazon, São Francisco and Essequibo River basins

Habitat: Inland or coastal waters.

Order
Siluriformes
Conservation Status
Data Deficient