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Thursday, January 06, 2005

News Flash: Invasive Fish NOT "Wreaking Havoc"...

Interesting piece in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the fact that the walking catfish (Clarias batrachus) hasn't lived up to the hype. The fish, whose ability to breath air and walk on land is reminescent of the infamous snakehead, was first found in Florida in the 1960s. Populations boomed over the next decade but then declined over the following 20 years. Scientists are not happy about the presence of this species but note that a negative impact on the environment has yet to be identified. Bonus points to the Sun-Sentinel for using the fish's scientific name and for posting a photo of dead walking catfish preserved in a jar.

Thanks to ANS News for posting a blurb about this story.


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