Weird jaguar catfish is covered in spines and lives in wooden logs


By Jake Buehler

Spinipterus moijiri lives in Peru and BrazilThe Fisheries Society of the British Isles/John Wiley & Sons, Inc.What is covered in spines, lives in a log and has a jaguar’s spots? A newly described catfish, that’s what.
The murky waterways of the Amazon rainforest often produce species previously unknown to science. But some are weirder than others. The newest oddball was probably already circulating in the freshwater aquarium trade for years, but it hadn’t been formally classified.
Marcelo Rocha at the Amazonas State University in Brazil and his colleagues first gathered the fish on an expedition nearly …



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