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Hydrolycus Scomberoides
Species Information
Size / weight
Common up to 5 (11) kg (lb)
Trophy up to 10 (22) kg (lb)
Unique up to 18 (39.7) kg (lb)
Price / Reward
Common per kg 363
Trophy per kg 369
Unique per kg 382


Payara (Hydrolycus Scomberoides) is a predatory fish species found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America. Very popular among sportanglers, Payara are known to be some of the most difficult freshwater fish to catch as they have fierce tempers and are usually found in quickwater areas with fast rapids. Payara is sometimes called the Vampire Fish due to its most noticeable and unique feature - two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw, that Payara uses for piercing its prey. These fish have elongated, somewhat laterally compressed bodies that are blue-silvery in color and fins that usually brown. Payara can reach up to 1.17 m (3.8 ft.) in length with a maximum recorded weight of 17.8 kg (38 lb), but most of them usually range in weight from 3 to 8 kg (6.6 lb to 17.6 lb). Payara will feed on practically any fish that is smaller in size, including Piranha and members of its own species.

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Peru Bolivia

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Amazonian Others