Sunday, February 13, 2011

Candiru - Amazonian Parasite

Out of the many diverse fauna of the Latin American world, the Candiru is one of the most interesting and strange. The Candiru is a species of freshwater, parasitic catfish. It is located throughout the Amazon River, though the highest concentration of Candiru are at the junction of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro. This is due to the fact that the junction of the two rivers if very conducive to sustaining a large and diverse ecosystem, providing the Candiru with many options for food. Since the fish is parasitic, it lives off other animals. Some of them suck blood, while others actually eat their way inside of the host and eat them alive from the inside out. For more information about these unusual fish, you can visit this site.

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