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Striped eel catfish

Plotosus lineatus


Plotosus lineatus, common name Striped eel catfish, is a species of eel tail catfishes belonging to the family Plotosidae. The most striking feature of this species is in the fins, in fact the second dorsal, caudal and anal are fused together as in eels. In the rest of the body is quite similar to a freshwater catfish: the mouth is surrounded by four pairs of barbels, four on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw. The first dorsal and each of the pectoral fins have a highly venomous spine. They may even be fatal.


P. lineatus is found in coral reefs; it is also found in estuaries, tide pools and open coasts.


Spotted at Manila Ocean Park.

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Quiapo, Metro Manila, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 27, 2013
Submitted on Feb 19, 2013

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