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#1 Gianpiero

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 07:15 PM

Hi.
I'm from Italy (milan)

just a question: do you know if this fish is dangerous for humans?

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:05 PM

Hi Gianpiero, smile.gif


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Have you read this article Heteropneustes fossilis
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Posted 02 December 2006 - 07:36 AM

thanks!!!

I'm an italian veterinary and I'm working on a lecture about "aquarium stinging fishes" next year...
for SIVAE (italian veterinary society for exotic animal) if you have other links....

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:51 PM

HI
There are a lot quite a lot of small injuries received by aquarists from time to time, which can be quite painful , and occurs when one is handling a catfish.
As a defense mechanism the catfish, causes the pectoral fin spine and dorsal fin spine to lock and become rigid and it is then quite easy for the aquarist to "Get spiked" by these. the small puncture wound this causes, by itself is like having ones finger pricked by a needle, However it is the chemical that is released by the fish in these area's that can cause; in some cases severe discomfort lasting from a few minutes to 20 minutes or longer. usually as you are probably aware, bathing the area in hot water (as hot as one can stand) normally relieves the pain. Other fish can cause the same type of discomfort, a few years ago I got "spiked" by the dorsal spine of a scat (Scatophagus argus argus) that was about 40mm SL, and was very painful ,which lasted for at least 40minutes and caused the finger to swell up. It was only this September that I got spiked by one of my Akysis prashadi (see pic) While transferring it to a display tank, the pain was quite severe but only lasted for a few minutes and there was no swelling, but it did draw blood mad.gif

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Have a look at these: -
here


also here


also see here
scroll down to yellowfin madtom

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I'm working on a lecture about "aquarium stinging fishes" next year...
for SIVAE (italian veterinary society for exotic animal)


Maybe you could keep us updated on this? smile.gif
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 07:51 AM

wonderfull!!!

thaks a lot!!!!

it's difficult to find articles or books on this question...
also aquarists sometimes don't know how dangerous are the fishes they have in their aquarium.
I'm thinking about "Lo vulpinus", for example...

..or a little cory...


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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:01 PM

Heteropneustes fossilis is a fantastic little fish. I used to own three ten or so years back and found them utterly charming. Thankfully though I was never stung by one or my opinion of them may have been very different lol. biggrin.gif
They have been known to kill people, although it's mainly restricted to young children and the elderly. From an article I remember reading many years ago one of the main reasons as to why people are stung by them in India is they live in rice paddy fields and people unknowingly step on them.

I wasn't aware they had been moved over to the Clariidae family though, although I don't find it particularly surprising.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 12:13 AM

@ Gianpiero


See : - HERE
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