Payara Wolf Fish Skull


The Payara Wolf Fish, also known as the “vampire fish,” is a predatory freshwater fish known for its distinctive elongated 3 inch fangs. It is a powerful and agile swimmer that is native to the Amazon river basin in South America.


Payara Wolf Fish Skull Replica measures 206mm or 8.1 inches. Payara Wolf Fish Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum fish skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Payara Wolf Fish or Hydrolycus scomberoides has silver scales, spiked teeth and two long fangs that jut upwards from the lower jaw. In addition to the sharp, spiky daggers that line their gums, payaras have two elongated fangs that rise from their lower jaws.

These fangs can extend a whopping 4 to 6 inches, and they’re so big that payaras are born with holes in their upper jaws that can house them.

As for the rest of their build, they’re streamlined for power and speed. They have fan shaped caudal fins that help them swim in choppy currents and rapids, and bony faces which hide large gills.

The most noticeable feature of Payara Wolf Fish or hydrolycus scomberoides is the two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw. These are used to impale their prey. It typically reaches a standard length of about 1.0 ft.

The Payara Wolf Fish or Hydrolycus scomberoides, is a species of dogtooth tetra. This predatory fish is found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America. It was the first of four species to be described in the genus Hydrolycus.

The Payara Wolf Fish or hydrolycus scomberoides, which is also sold as the saber tooth barracuda, vampire fish, vampire tetra, or saber tusk barracuda, is a popular species for large, aggressive aquariums.

It requires a large aquarium and can only be mixed with relatively large species, as smaller fish will be seen as potential prey.

Payara or hydrolycus scomberoides is overall silvery with a dark spot behind the opercle and another at the lower base of the pectoral fin. In adults the tail is dusky on the basal half, turning paler (more transparent) towards the tip.

During the rainy seasons of their native countries, payaras will migrate upstream. Payara or hydrolycus scomberoides like fast-moving water.

They live in rivers and streams with strong currents, and they populate the bottoms of dams, waterfalls and rapids where there’s always motion and activity.

Payara Wolf fish live in the Amazon basin in South America. They can be found as far north as Venezuela and as far south as the Rio Tapajos in Brazil. The river seems to be a natural border for their range.

In the wild, payaras are ferocious hunters that are constantly on the prowl for their next meal.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 8.1 in
Payara Wolf Fish Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Cynodontidae
Genus: Hydrolycus
Species: H. scomberoides
Binomial name: Hydrolycus scomberoides