Asterophysus batrachus

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Asterophysus batrachus
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Auchenipteridae
Subfamily: Auchenipterinae
Genus: Asterophysus
Kner, 1858
Species: A. batrachus
Binomial name
Asterophysus batrachus
Kner, 1858

Asterophysus batrachus, the Gulper Catfish or Torpedo Catfish, is a species of catfish (order Siluriformes) of the family Auchenipteridae. It is the only species of the genus Asterophysus.[1] This species originates from the Orinoco and Rio Negro basins of Venezuela and Brazil.[1] It grows to a length of about 25.0 centimetres (9.84 in) SL.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Asterophysus batrachus" in FishBase. December 2011 version.