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New Electric Fish Genus And Species Discovered In Brazil's Rio Negro
2014-04-22 15:55:27

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil, have discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in several tributaries of the Negro River

black ghost knifefish
2014-02-17 04:18:53

The black ghost knifefish, a type of electric creature found in the Amazon basin of South America, has inspired researchers to develop new aquatic technology that could be used to study coral reefs, repair damaged deep-sea oil rigs or investigate sunken ships.

2011-01-19 11:10:00

Mechanical Amazonian fish could pave way for highly agile underwater robots.

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African Knifefish, Xenomystus nigri
2014-06-11 14:50:47

The African brown knifefish or African knifefish (Xenomystus nigri), is the only species in its genus. It inhabits the Chad, Nile, Congo, Ogowe, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Benin and Cameroon river basins. Slow moving water with vegetation is its preferred habitat. In an aquarium it will hide when there is light present. They may feed on smaller fish in the tank and can become aggressive to other knifefish as they age. The body of the African knifefish is long and flat similar...

2007-02-21 16:48:01

The Black Ghost knifefish, Apteronotus albifrons, is a tropical fish belonging to the ghost knifefish family (Apteronotidae). They originate in South America in the Amazon Basin in Peru and from Venezuela through Paraguay in the Paraná Rivers. They are sometimes found in aquaria. The fish is all black except for two white rings on its tail. It moves mainly by undulating a long fin on its underside. It will grow to a maximum length of 20 in (50 cm). The Black Ghost knifefish natively...

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Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.