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The term “food chain” suggests a nice, orderly process in which bigger animals eat smaller animals, stronger creatures eat weaker ones, and humans eat whatever the hell they want. Okay, that last part isn’t really orderly, but we know full well that our species never respects the rules. Turns out some other species don’t either. Sometimes, food chains get freaky.
Scientists discovered a tiny new species of catfish in the waters of Rio Rio Paraíba do Sul basin, Brazil.
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Many different types of animals come together to form vast groups – insect swarms, mammal herds, or bird flocks, for example. Researchers in France added another example to the list, reported Oct. 5 in the online journal PLoS ONE: the huge Wels catfish, the world's third largest and Europe's largest fresh-water fish.
Peer into any stream in a South American rainforest and you may well see a small shoal of similar-looking miniature catfish.
Copper sulfate has emerged as an effective treatment for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, also known as "Ich," a protozoan parasite that appears as white spots on infected fish.
Researchers have used a combined fish tank and sound-proof chamber to show for the first time that catfish of all ages can communicate with one another.
Name all the venomous animals you can think of and you probably come up with snakes, spiders, bees, wasps and perhaps poisonous frogs - but catfish?
The striped Raphael catfish (Platydoras armatulus), also known as the talking catfish or the chocolate catfish, is a species of catfish that can be found in many areas of South America, including the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the Tocantins and it has been introduced into the United States of America. This species burrows into the soft sand in river bottoms, feeding on crustaceans, mollusks, and organic fragments. The striped Raphael catfish holds small, curved spines that extend across its...
Image Credit: WA Djatmiko/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0 and 1.0) The African sharptooth catfish is native throughout Africa, and the Middle East, and in the 1980’s it was introduced all over the world. This catfish lives on muddy bottoms in freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps, man-made habitats, and occasionally found in urban sewage systems. This species is able to crawl across dry ground to another body of water when one pool dries up. It is also able to survive for long periods of...
Air breathing catfish or clariids are all fresh water fish found mainly in Africa, but also can be found in Syria, southern Turkey, and Southeast Asia. There are 14 different groups and 100 different species of clariids. Clariids have an elongated body with a long dorsal fin (top fin) and a long anal fin (bottom fin). Around the mouth there are 4 barbels (whiskers) and the clariids are the only species to have a labyrinth organ (a tree-like organ on the 2nd and 4th gill. This organ allows...
The Stinging catfish or Fossil catfish, (Heteropneustes fossilis), is a species of Airsac catfishes, from the Heteropneustidae family. It inhabits freshwater ponds and rivers in and around Bangladesh, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, but has also been seen in brackish (salty) marshes. Because of its wide range, the inhabitants of each region know the Stinging catfish by many names depending on the local language. The Stinging catfish often grows to about 12...
The Zebra Plecostomus (Hypancistrus zebra) is a species of catfish that is frequently found in the Xingu River, which is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Zebra Plecostomus received its name because of its black and white stripes. In the early 1990s this fish was first identified. Brazil exported this fish in large numbers, regardless of this, the Zebra Plecostomus is not found on the IUCN red list. The Brazilian government did put a band on the exportation of this fish. Because of the...
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