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2009-06-25 15:40:00

How did piranhas "” the legendary freshwater fish with the razor bite "” get their telltale teeth? Researchers from Argentina, the United States and Venezuela have uncovered the jawbone of a striking transitional fossil that sheds light on this question. Named Megapiranha paranensis, this previously unknown fossil fish bridges the evolutionary gap between flesh-eating piranhas and their plant-eating cousins.Present-day piranhas have a single row of triangular teeth, like the blade...

2008-10-06 00:00:20

IPOH: While acknowledging that the fish population in the Perak waterways is dwindling, state Fisheries Department director Sani Mohd Isa said there could be other reasons. "The peacock bass problem cannot possibly be the main reason why fishermen were hauling in lesser fish these days. "The peacock bass might be one reason for the reduction of local fish and prawn species in our rivers, but we have not received any report on it." Sani said the department would investigate the problem....

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2008-08-11 00:00:00

By Bob Frye The beauty of fishing lies in the unexpected. Cast out a line and anything can happen. Still, what Michael Chesla experienced last weekend is a bit out of the ordinary. Chesla, who lives in Bradenville, was at Lloydsville Sportsmen's Club's pond. He was casting a sucker spawn on a fly rod, hoping to land one of the trout the club stocks, or perhaps even a bass. He got neither. Instead, he landed what appears to be a pacu, a South American species native to the Amazon but often...

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2008-08-07 03:00:00

EL PASO -- Ruben Rodriguez caught a fish so ugly and with such a nasty personality that it may go down as one of the best fish stories out of Ascarate Lake -- maybe as good as the one about "Old Whiskers." The fish, caught Tuesday, had humanlike teeth, growled, was 15 inches long, bit a hook in half and stunned a man who weighs about 200 pounds. "I believe it's a piranha," Rodriguez said. "When I caught it, it scared me. ... It was very aggressive; it snapped his jaw and snorted at me when I...

2007-08-29 00:13:55

By John McCoy johnmccoy@wvgazette.com When Hunter Aliff's fishing line started dancing up and down, he figured he'd gotten a bite. He figured correctly. In fact, as soon as the 10-year-old angler beached the fish, it bit the line in two. Hunter and his fishing partners figured they might have something unusual on their hands, and they did - a piranha, fresh from the Coal River near St. Albans. "I'd have to say that this is the most unusual thing I've ever caught," Hunter said....

2007-06-08 21:00:14

By Scott Richardson CLINTON - DeWitt County is a long way from the Amazon River in South America. But that didn't stop a toothy pacu from taking bait that Virgil Hunter of Weldon dangled in the hot-water discharge of Clinton Lake about 5 p.m. Saturday. The fish, which is a close relative of the piranha, weighed just more than 1.2 pounds. Steve Pallo, program section head for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said both pacu and piranhas are wrongly stocked by aquarium owners...

2006-02-20 19:05:00

LONDON -- Mobile telephone text messaging has become so popular in Britain that millions of users now suffer injuries to their thumbs and fingers because of their love of keeping in touch, according to a survey on Tuesday. Over 93.5 million text messages are sent every day but all this digit action has lead to an explosion in people reporting cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI). Thirty-eight percent more people suffer from sore wrists and thumbs due to texting than five years ago and 3.8...


Latest Characidae Reference Libraries

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2008-05-01 00:20:30

The Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus), is a tropical fish belonging to the Characidae family which is closely related to piranha and pacú. It originates in the Tapajós River basin in South America. Silver dollars natively live in a tropical climate in the sides of weedy rivers. This somewhat round-shaped silver fish with slight red-tinged anal fin is mostly found in tanks kept by fish-keeping hobbyists. It will grow to a maximum length of 14 centimeters (5.5 inches). The silver...

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2008-05-01 00:19:01

The Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans), is a freshwater fish of the characin family Characidae of order Characiformes. It is native to the upper Orinoco and Negro Rivers in South America. This fish is similar in appearance to the closely-related and better-known neon tetra, but it is slightly smaller and its red patch is less pronounced, while the blue-green areas of the upper body are more brilliant. It grows to a maximum overall length of approximately 1 inch. Like the other...

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2007-03-26 13:47:14

Astyanax jordani is a freshwater fish of the Characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes, native to Mexico. It is often referred to by its local Spanish name Sardina Ciega but is more commonly called the Cave tetra. A blind cave fish, A. jordani is a recent evolution from the Mexican tetra (A. mexicanus). While it can be confused with the blind cave form of A. mexicanus, it evolved separately from the surface form, and is considered a different species. (IUCN, however,...

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2007-03-26 13:31:53

The Black phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the Paraguay, Guaporé, and Mamore basins in Brazil and Bolivia. This fish is of roughly tetragonal shape and is light gray in coloring, with a black patch surrounded by iridescent silver edging posterior of the gills on each side. The male's fins are black, as is the female's dorsal fin; the female's pelvic, anal, and adipose fins...

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2007-03-26 13:27:23

The Black neon tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) is a freshwater fish of the characin family (family Characidae) of order Characiformes. It is native to the Paraguay basin of southern Brazil. This species has the typical elongated tetra appearance; it is of basic coloration but with two distinct, adjacent longitudinal stripes, white above black. The eye has two thin but distinctive color bands across the top, red above yellow. It grows to a maximum overall length of approximately 1.5...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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