New catfish discovered in Venezuela

This comedy video from the USA says about itself:

How does President Bush react to the news that entomologists named a Slime-Mold Beetle in his “honor?” Find out in this PNC exclusive…

Stephen Colbert spider: here.

From Underwater Times:

New Catfish Species Named For Museum Mail Supervisor; ‘I Was Impressed By Frank’s Dedication’ News Service

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Jun 9, 2008 15:47 EST) He’s not well known like President Bush and musician Neil Young, but Philadelphian Frank Gallagher now has something in common with them: He has a new species named after him.

Gallagher was The Academy of Natural Sciences’ affable mailroom supervisor for 37 years before retiring in 2003. “They used to call me ‘the grapevine,'” said Gallagher, because he not only distributed the mail to the staff but also passed along the latest gossip. Now he is the inspiration for Rhinodoras gallagheri, a new species of catfish described by Academy fish scientist Dr. Mark Sabaj Pérez in the March issue of Copeia.

New species often are named for prominent scientists, generous benefactors or even spouses. A biologist recently named a new trapdoor spider after popular singer-songwriter Neil Young. A few years ago an entomologist named a new slime-mold beetle after the president. Rarely, if ever, has a new species been named for a postman. …

Rhinodoras gallagheri, commonly known the Orinoco thicklip catfish, occurs in the Orinoco basin in Venezuela and Colombia. It is a secretive fish that hides during the day in hollow logs or the deep, dark channels of large rivers. At night it sometimes can be found in swift-flowing rapids, foraging the bottom for aquatic insects.

This video about the South American catfish species Agamyxis pectinifrons says about itself:

There are two species in this genus, the aforementioned A. pectinifrons and A. albomaculatus (Peters, 1877). A. pectinifrons is found in Ecuador and Peru while A. albomaculatus is only found in Venezuela. There is not a great deal of differences as far as I can see in the 2 species apart from maybe albomaculatus being a bit slimmer and having more spots. There also seems to be a different pattern in the caudal fin.

2 thoughts on “New catfish discovered in Venezuela

  1. Man Uses Barbie Fishing Rod To Make Record Catch
    N.C. Man Uses Granddaughter’s Fishing Rod To Make State Record Channel Catfish

    ELKIN, N.C., Aug. 21, 2008

    (AP) David Hayes’ granddaughter just ask him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.

    Alyssa’s father had bought the pink Barbie fishing rod for Christmas and she had caught a few bluegill before her grandfather hauled in the catfish.

    The Winston-Salem Journal reported the catch Aug. 5 in eastern Wilkes County has been certified as a record by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

    Hayes and his granddaughter have been fishing in the pond behind his house since she was big enough to hold a pole.

    Hayes said his granddaughter worried he would break her rod. He landed the 21-pound fish on a 6-pound test line. It was 32 inches long, 2 inches longer than the rod.


    Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,


  2. Pingback: Scimitar cat fossils discovered in Venezuela | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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