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Thorny catfish
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...

Porcupinefish
2007-04-19 10:16:06

Porcupinefish are fish of the family Diodontidae, (order Tetraodontiformes), also commonly called Blowfish (and, sometimes, "Balloonfish" or "Globefish"). They are sometimes confused with Pufferfish. Porcupinefish are closely related to Pufferfish but Porcupinefish have spines on their body. Porcupinefish have the ability to inflate their body by swallowing water (or air) and become round...

Double anglers
2007-04-19 10:14:45

Double anglers are a family, Diceratiidae, of anglerfish. They are found in deep, lightless waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans. They are easily distinguished from other anglerfish by their possession of a second light-bearing dorsal fin spine immediately behind the illicium (the bioluminescent lure present in other anglerfish). As in other anglerfish, males are very...

Narrownecked oceanic eel
2007-04-19 06:16:31

The Narrownecked oceanic eel, Derichthys serpentinus, is a longneck eel, the only species in the genus Derichthys, found in all oceans in depths between 1640.42 and 6561.68 ft (500 and 2,000 m). Their length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). The Narrownecked oceanic eel has a snake-like head set on a long thin 'neck', large eyes, a blunt snout, and an underslung lower jaw. The hind part of the body...

Bluespotted ribbontail ray
2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an...

Thorntail stingray
2007-04-19 05:51:35

The Thorntail stingray, Black stingray or Longtail stingray, Dasyatis thetidis, belongs to the stingray family Dasyatidae and is found in estuaries and lagoons and around reefs in the Indian Ocean, and around southern Australia, and New Zealand, at depths of up to 1443.57 ft (440 m). Its length is up to 13.12 ft (400 cm). The Thorntail stingray is a large plain stingray with a broadly...

Bluespotted stingray
2007-04-19 05:45:51

Bluespotted stingray, (Dasyatis kuhlii) also known as Kuhl's Stingray is a stingray. It is light green with blue spots. Their disk width hovers around 26.38 in (67 cm). Photo by Richard Ling

Short-tail stingray
2007-04-19 05:16:08

The Short-tail stingray, Dasyatis brevicaudata, also known as the Smooth stingray, is the largest stingray in the world. It is a member of Dasyatidae, the stingray family. It is one of numerous species sometimes called "bull rays". The Short-tail stingray is found on the continental shelf around South Africa (from Cape Town to the Zambezi), Mozambique, Australia (from Shark Bay, around the...

Knifetooth dogfish
2007-04-19 05:12:06

The Knifetooth dogfish, Scymnodon ringens, is a harmless sleeper shark of the family Dalatiidae, found in the eastern Atlantic, from Scotland to Spain, Portugal, and Senegal, and the southwest Pacific from New Zealand, between latitudes 58° N and 15° N, at depths of between (200 and 1,600 m). Its length is up to 3.61 ft (1.1 m). The Knifetooth dogfish is a rare species inhabiting...

Bala shark
2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include...

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