This fish is called the candiru and is a member of the genus Vandellia. The candiru is found in the Amazon region of South America and is a type of catfish. The fish is actually parasitic. It uses spines located on the covers of its gills to attach itself to the gills of other, larger fish. They can be traced back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. The gist of these stories is that the fish is attracted by human urine in the water. When someone urinates in the water, according to these stories, the fish swims into and lodges itself in the urethra of the unsuspecting individual.
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Wikimedia Commons The candiru fish, in an drawing. Of all of the beasts that prowl the Amazon , none is more feared by the locals than the candiru. A river monster feared even above the dreaded piranha; the candiru waits for its unsuspecting prey to step into the river before latching onto it. This little fishy packs a punch.
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A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been discovered in Vietnam. But it's not what you're picturing — actually it's probably worse. This penis includes a rod and a jagged hook used for grabbing the female during sex. The fish, Phallostethus cuulong , was discovered by researchers in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. It is the newest member of the Phallostethidae family, a group of fish with small, skinny, nearly transparent bodies that live in Southeast Asia, and which are distinguished by the location of their sex organs.
The Amazon Basin harbors an amazing amount of biodiversity. Covering some 7 million square kilometers 2. Case in point: The Candiru. Sometimes, these organisms are humans.