Bizarre Wood-Eating Catfish Discovered in Amazon
Posted on October 6th, 2010 in Animal | 2 Comments » |
A new bizarre type of alien-like catfish has been discovered in the Amazon rain forest. The picture above shows a strange armored, wood-eating catfish feeding on a fallen tree in the Santa Ana River in Peru.
According to National Geographic, “the so-called suckermouth armored catfish species use their unique teeth to scrape organic material from the surfaces of submerged wood. But the new, as yet unnamed, species is among the dozen or so catfish species known to actually ingest wood.” Regardless, the wood-eating catfish have been known to only digest organic material—such as algae, microscopic plants, animals, and other debris. Scientists are mind-boggled with how this new type of catfish absorb woods into its bodies. Many researcher think that the wood must contain some kind of a super microbes that assist the fish with digesting the wood.
Do you guys have any insight to this bizarre discoveries? How did the fish got it’s armor? How will it taste on your plate? Share your thoughts in the commentary below.
Linky via [nationalgeographic]
|Sh@re it? |
2 Responses to “Bizarre Wood-Eating Catfish Discovered in Amazon”
HAVE YOUR SAYComment Policy:
Basic HTML is allowed (a href, strong, cite, em, < b>, < i>)
You do not have to register or login to participate; although it is highly recommended. Comments are not censored, but inappropriate comments shall be dealt with. Name and email address are required for comment submission. Your email addresses will never be published. Have fun!