Trichomycterid was collected in a seine during a expedition by David M. The species was caught in a sand bar in the lower reaches of Orosa River. They are feared throughout their geographic range and are given a worse reputation than the piranha.
This fish is called the candiru and is a member of the genus Vandellia. The candiru is found in the Amazon region of South America and is a type of catfish. The fish is actually parasitic.
Ah the candiru. A little fish of legend. Is it really something to be scared of?
The Amazon Basin harbors an amazing amount of biodiversity. Covering some 7 million square kilometers 2. Case in point: The Candiru. Sometimes, these organisms are humans.
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The candiru became the most famous catfish in the world inwhen an icthyologist read a medical report about a man who had to have this toothpick-shaped fish removed from his urethra. The truth of the claim has always been in dispute, but people have feared peeing in the Amazon river ever since. They needn't have been afraid.
Last fall, per my usual pre-beach-season routine, I swallowed a tapeworm. It swam into my urethra as I urinated while standing in the Amazon River in my search for indigenous tribes that had yet to make contact with the modern world. Some say that the idea that the candiru can swim up your urine stream and enter the urethra is a myth.
Wikimedia Commons The candiru fish, in an drawing. Of all of the beasts that prowl the Amazonnone is more feared by the locals than the candiru. A river monster feared even above the dreaded piranha; the candiru waits for its unsuspecting prey to step into the river before latching onto it. This little fishy packs a punch.
The definition of candiru differs between authors. The word has been used to refer to only Vandellia cirrhosathe entire genus Vandelliathe subfamily Vandelliinaeor even the two subfamilies Vandelliinae and Stegophilinae. These smaller species are known for an alleged tendency to invade and parasitise the human urethra ; however, despite ethnological reports dating back to the late 19th century,  the first documented case of the removal of a candiru from a human urethra did not occur untiland even that incident has remained a matter of controversy.
If you're going to travel to the Amazon area, you could be taken by surprise by the fact that it's not piranha the one that causes dread amongst locals. Nor the terrible electric eel, or other monstrous fishes or the powerful black cayman. The real fear of bathing into the river is caused by a fish not longer than 17 cm 7 inch and just mm wide. This fish looks like an eel larvae, being almost completely transparent, and impossible to see in clear water, not to mention the turbid water of the Amazon.