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Vampire Fish

Vampire Fish
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Also known as:

Payara

Pirandira

Dracula Fish

Common Group Name:

Dogtooth Characins

Family Name:

Cynodontidae

Genus Name:

Hydrolycus

Species Name:

Hydrolycus armatus


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp teeth of vampire fish when handling them. The eating qualities of these fish can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Vampire Fish are laterally compressed, bright silver in colour with an olive back and an orange and black tail.
  • This species has two very distinctive over-sized canine teeth in the bottom jaw that are concealed inside receiving grooves in the upper jaw when the mouth is closed.

Fish Distribution:

  • The Vampire Fish is endemic to the Amazon and Orinoco River Basins as well as rivers in Guyana in South America.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 40 and 70 cm, maximum size around 110 cm and 18 kg.