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Wood Eating Catfish

Wood Eating Catfish
Paulo Petry holds a new species of wood-eating armored catfish in Peru – © Paulo Petry

OK, I have to admit. The first thing I thought when seeing this article was, “I wonder what that fish would taste like? Mmmmm, cedar.” There are actually ten types of wood-eating catfish all having “spoon-shaped teeth that allow them to scrape wood off of rotting logs and wood in rivers and all live within the Amazon.”

More from the article:
“Scientists recently captured the first live specimens of a wood-eating armored catfish in Peru, a species only known previously from dried skins from fish that the indigenous people had shot and skinned. Having live specimens allows scientists to do genetic analyses and more fully study and document the species.”

(source: Link via Animal Planet: Animals In The News)

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