Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ABC Wednesday: X is for X-Ray Fish

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Those are Ghost Catfish (Kryptopterus minor), sometimes also known as X-Ray Fish. They are native to Borneo, about 3 inches long and only one of a whole number of species with similar looks.
Ghost Catfish live in groups of ten or more fish and prey on insects and smaller fish. They can reach an age of ten years and are often kept in captivity, although no-one has managed to breed them (as far as I know).
Just how transparent an individual fish is depends on its diet and habitat. Like all catfish, they have no scales and since they don't have any body pigments, they are transparent.

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12 comments:

Sylvia K said...

A great, fascinating post as always! And I always learn something and that is always good! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous. My father used to have some of these in his tropical aquarium when I was young. Great catch for X day!!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

RuneE said...

When I first saw the title, I thought that this must be a fish to keep clear of. It proved to be a very interesting post.

Wanda said...

Well we are on the same page. The only X I could find was an X-ray fish too.

This was a hard one for me...!

Roger Owen Green said...

Great, unusual pick. Xcellent!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

EG Wow said...

This was a great post for X. I have never heard of X-ray fish before.

photowannabe said...

Transparent fish that look like an E-ray. What a perfect choice for the letter X.

Tumblewords: said...

You always come up with the most unusual information. I've never heard of this type of fish and find it fascinating, as always!

Halie Santos - Dayo said...

What an interesting specie!

Nathalie
ABC Wednesday Team

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Pretty blog. Pretty post for ABC.
Cheers,
Shail

VioletSky said...

That was interesting. I think it would be a bit creepy to be able to see right through each other, but maybe they like it that way and solid fish very strange

Maple Leaf Mommy said...

You managed to capture some excellent photos of these translucent beauties.