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The Hydrolycus Armatus or Payara Fish

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First Published: 1st of December, 2021 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: November 2, 2023 at 20:28 pm

The hydrolycus armatus, or payara, is a predatory fish that preys on smaller fishes. It uses its sharp fangs to impale preys. The payara can grow to up to 1 meter in length. The hydrolycus armatus is often confused with its smaller cousin which only grows up to 1.7 feet, the hydrolycus scomberoides, also called payara and vampire fish.

The hydrolycus aramatus or payara is found in the waters of the Essequibo River in Guyana, South America as well as the fast flowing waters of the Amazon.

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