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Trichomycteridae

 

Trichomycteridae = ( trick oh mick TARE id dee ) 

This South American family are commonly known as Parasitic Cats or by the local indigenous populations as "candiru". Stories abound on the notoriety of this family due to their habit of lodging themselves in the gill cavities of other larger fish and biting the gill filaments, thereby feeding on the blood. There has also been instances where they have entered the human urethra, probably by mistake, of bathers and mammals urinating under water.

Not a lot is known of them as aquarium fish and only experiences with them in a larger group could bring further information to the catfish enthusiast.

 
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aquajapan
Trichomycterus sp. (2)
Vandellia sp. (1)
 
Daniel Blom
Ituglanis metae
 
Klaus Busse  
Bullockia maldonadoi
 
Robbie N. Cada (Art)
Vandellia cirrhosa
 
Felipe Cantera @ Aqua Terra Eco Tours 
Scleronema operculatum, Scleronema operculatum
 
Danté Fenolio @ anotheca
Pareiodon microps
Trichomycterus dali
Vandellia sanguinea, Vandellia sanguinea
 
Ian Fuller @ GoWildPeru
Ituglanis metae
 
Peru Aquarium Group   
Henonemus punctatus
Ituglanis metae, Ituglanis metae
Tridensimilis brevis
Vandellia cirrhosa, Vandellia cirrhosa
 
Zhou Hang
Tridensimilis brevis, Tridensimilis brevis
 
Allan James @ ScotCat
Ituglanis metae
Tridensimilis brevis
 
Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library
Ituglanis amazonicus, Ituglanis amazonicus
Ochmacanthus orinoco
Pseudostegophilus nemurus
Tridensimilis venezuelae, Tridensimilis venezuelae
 
Nathan Lujan
Trichomycterus guianensis
 
Ivan Mikolji @ mikolji.com
Ituglanis amazonicus
 
MNHN
Ochmacanthus alternus, Ochmacanthus alternus, Ochmacanthus alternus
 
Steve Pritchard
Parastegophilus maculatus
Trichomycterus gabrieli
 
Original Source
Trichomycterus ytororo, Trichomycterus ytororo, Trichomycterus ytororo, Trichomycterus ytororo
 
Adrian Taylor
Tridensimilis brevis, Tridensimilis brevis, Tridensimilis brevis, Tridensimilis brevis
 
Robin Warne
 
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