Video courtesy Aaron Addison and Geoff Hoese
Deep beneath the Amazon rain forest lives a cave-climbing fish—and scientists have captured it on film for the first time.
A team exploring limestone caves near Tena, Ecuador (map), found the gravity-defying fish scaling near-vertical rock walls some 10 feet (3 meters) above an underground stream.
They later identified the species as Chaetostoma microps, a member of the suckermouth armoured catfish family (Loricariidae), according a study published April 16 in the journal Subterranean Biology.
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