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South American armoured suckermouth catfish found in Leicestershire


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An armoured suckermouth catfish, a reptilian-like fish normally found in South America, has been found in a Leicestershire waterway.

The prehistoric creature has scaly skin similar to a crocodile and an impressive set of teeth.

It was found, already dead, by schoolboy fisherman Shawn Brown in the Grand Union Canal at Wigston.

The 14-year-old took a picture of his 10 ins-long discovery and showed it to a number of aquarists who managed to identify it.

The armoured suckermouth catfish normally lives in Panama, Costa Rica and South America.

Experts say it is the first time one has been found in our waterways.

It is thought to have been released into the canal after growing too big for somebody’s aquarium but could not survive in the colder water.

John Hall, who runs All Seasons Angling tackle shop in Wigston, said: “We are only 300 yards from where Shawn found it and he came in here and showed me the photo. He is a good little fisherman and as soon as he saw it knew it didn’t belong here.

“He went home and looked it up on the internet to try and see what it was but he had to send it off to experts to identify it.

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March 27, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, Funny, nature

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    Comment by Elcorin | April 23, 2009


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