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Candiru

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Angelina Duddie

on 22 May 2013

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Legend of the Candiru Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Metazoa
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Superfamily: Loricarioidea
Family: Trichomycteridae
Genus: Vandellia
Species: Vandellia cirrhosa Candirus are small fish.
Adults can grow to around 40 centimeters (16 in) with a rather small head and a belly that can appear distended, especially after a large blood meal.
The body is translucent, making it quite difficult to spot in the turbid waters of its home.
There are short sensory barbells around the head, together with short, backward pointing spines on the gill covers. Characteristics Habitat Candirus inhabit the Amazon and Orinoco basins of lowland Amazonia, where they constitute part of the Neotropical fish fauna. Diet Candirus are hematophagous and parasitize the gills of larger Amazonian fishes, especially catfish of the family Pimelodidae. It is able to hide at the bottom of the Amazon River and wait until its prey approaches and will then strike much bigger fish with a quick attack. Eating a hole through its prey's body as it squirms its way into the fish's gills, the candiru will devour its victim's blood and parts of the fish's entrails in order to survive in its Amazon habitat. Among the many legends of strange creatures that haunt the Amazon rainforest, that of the Candiru stands out from the rest. The Candiru is purported to enter the intimate orifices of unwary, unfortunate people who urinate into Amazonian waterways. The fish supposedly mistakes urine for water being expelled from the gills of fish and much to the extreme agony of the unlucky person, swims up into their genitals. Spines on its head make it very difficult to extract and amputation is sometimes the only course of action that can be taken. Well, according to legend, that’s what the Candiru is capable of. In reality, extensive research has indicated that much of this legend is probably a myth since Candirus detect the gills of fish by sight more than scent and the physics of fluid dynamics makes it impossible for them to swim up a stream of urine. The amputations noted in some areas of the Amazon were more likely due to bites from Piranhas, and the one modern case of a Candiru supposedly swimming up a man’s urethra might actually be a hoax. The Vampire Fish Candiru Reproduction These fish have never been bred in captivity so there is no available knowledge on the subject of breeding them.

I'm assuming they are egglayers, like most fish. Life Cycle Though there are several references to this creatures supposed ability to attack the human urethra, there's nothing about what its normal life cycle is.

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 3 years or more on average The candiru is neither commercially valuable or destructive. They're just there.

I mean, one could say that they're commercially destructive, what with all of the extensive hospital bills from surgery on human victims Angelina Duddie This is the guy who had a candiru removed from his genitalia. Value
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