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2009-06-29 10:03:58

It might be assumed that aquarium fish don't mind who or what they encounter in their tanks from one minute to the next, if their famously (but incorrectly) short memory is to be believed. Scientists at the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter have carried out research to show this is not the case and are striving to improve conditions for keeping fish in home aquaria.In line with the aim to establish welfare guidelines for fish, these researchers have been collaborating with the WALTHAM...

2008-06-30 09:02:35

5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ... Candiru infestation This week's subject, which was highlighted in a 2007 episode of "Grey's Anatomy," is not for the squeamish: 1. Something in the water: The candiru, also known as the vampire fish and toothpick fish, is a member of the catfish family and is prevalent in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers of South America. 2. Attractive smell: The odor of human urine attracts the candiru. It will follow a stream of urine, swim inside an orifice and use...

2008-06-24 06:02:24

By Desonta Holder, The Miami Herald Jun. 24--This week's subject, which was highlighted in a 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy, is not for the squeamish: 1Something in the water: The candiru, also known as the vampire fish and toothpick fish, is a member of the catfish family and is prevalent in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers of South America. 2Attractive smell: The odor of human urine attracts the candiru. It will follow a stream of urine, swim inside an orifice and use its series of...


Latest Fauna of Brazil Reference Libraries

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2007-04-19 10:20:38

Thorny catfish, Raphaels, or Talking catfish are a family, Doradidae, of catfishes native to South America, primarily in Brazil, Peru, and the Guianas. There are approximately 35 genera and 90 species. Typical features of the family are a row of armored plates laterally along the body (known as scutes) often with spike like extensions along the center of the plates, three pairs of barbels (no nasal barbels), and 4"“6 rays on the dorsal fin with a spine on the anterior (first) ray. The...

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2007-02-21 17:24:21

Aspredinidae (order Siluriformes), also known as the Banjo catfish, is a family of freshwater fish found in the rivers or in coastal brackish water of South America. Banjo catfish lack an adipose fin. They received this name because of their flat bodies, resembling a small banjo. There are around thirteen genera and 33 species of banjo catfish. These fish are primarily nocturnal and bury their bodies in the substrate. They are popular aquarium fish.

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2007-02-21 10:19:06

The Emerald Tree Boa, Corallus caninus, is a species of green snake that lives in the rainforests of South America. It is found in the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, French Guiana, Guyana, and Surinam. It prefers living in close proximity to large bodies of water, such as swamps, marshes, and rivers within the rainforest. The Emerald Tree Boa grows to an average of 6 feet, but in some areas is capable of reaching lengths of 7 - 9 feet. It is typically a...

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2007-02-18 23:24:24

The False Water Cobra, Hydrodynastes gigas, is a venomous species found in South America. The common name (false water cobra) is an allusion to its ability to flatten its head, similar to a cobra as a defensive reaction to make it look larger and more intimidating. There are no subspecies of this particular snake. Primarily a diurnal species, this is an extremely active and inquisitive species with an aggressive feeding response. This species of snake may exceed 9 feet in length. Photo...

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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.