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A catfish to keep you happy

This little beauty is a new species of Pemelodus catfish. P. tetramerus was described from the Rio Tapajos and Rio Tocatins in Brazil. It is related to the Pictus catfish that are available in many fish stores.

Catwoman would be *so* jealous

Otocinclus batmani O. batmani is a new species of loricariid catfish native to the Rio Pure in Colombia and two creeks draining into the Rio Amazonas near Iquitos in Peru. The specific name (“batmani”) is in honor of Batman and is due to the bat-like black markings in the tail (source). Ref: Lehmann, PA (2006)…

Regular readers may remember that I have a softspot for catfish and earlier this year purchased a lace catfish (Synodontis nigrita), a species native to many African countries. The genus Synodontis (Cuvier 1816) is interesting for a number of reasons. For example, S. multipunctatus (the gorgeous fish pictured above) is the only fish known to…

Don’t like turkey? Try catfish …

I’m sure that this Thanksgiving many of us are gorged on turkey. As a respite, I give you the above … a European record wels catfish, Silurus glanis, all 8 foot and 226lbs of it.

While I’m at it, here’s another new species. In this case, it is a catfish from Mexico, Lacantunia enigmatica, which has a number of distinguishing characteristics. As the abstract to the description [pdf] states: A new family (Lacantuniidae), genus and species of catfish, Lacantunia enigmatica, is described from the Río Usumacinta basin of Chiapas, México.…

Invasion of the tripletails

An Atlantic tripletail caught in the Bristol Channel this week may be the first recorded occurrence of the species in Britain. The Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, is found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, but is exceptionally rare north of the Mediterranean Sea. Experts believe that the catch is another indication that subtropical…

A shark not being jumped

Hemiscyillum sp., recently discovered off the coast of Indonesia. This little puppy walks on its pectoral fins as do other epaulette sharks of the genus. For more on the find, see here. Apparently, epaulette sharks make good aquarium denizens.

They’re fighting back

A fisherman who speared a protected species of grouper while diving off Florida has been killed after the fish swam into a hole and entangled him in the line attached to the speargun.

Catfish blogging

Bought some more catfish today. I’ve now got two tanks going, so I decided to go with a few more South American species - three Emerald cats (Brochis splendens Castelnau, 1855) and a single pictus cat (Pimelodus pictus Steindachner, 1876). The former are in my main tank with the peppered corys (Corydoras paleatus), lace catfish (Syonodontis…

I haven’t catfish blogged in a while, so this is worthwhile. Another article in today’s Nature is of interest. In this one, the authors describe the ability of the eel catfish, Channallabes apus to forage onland. Importantly, they note that the species’ “capacity to bend its head down towards the ground while feeding seems to…