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Translucent Blind Catfish Found In Texas Cave
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Quote: A never before seen species of fish was recently discovered in Texas – and they’re unique in color, size, and the fact that they’re blind.
The endangered eyeless catfish or Mexican blindcat was previously known to exist only south of Texas in Mexico.

After rumored to have been seen one other time, a pair of the fish were discovered in a limestone cave at Amistad National Recreation Area, about 150 miles west of San Antonio.  

The fish were found in May and have been relocated to the San Antonio Zoo.

The Mexican blindcat is unique because it won’t grow larger than three inches long.  The blindcats have a pinkish-white color because their blood can be seen through their translucent skin.

According to Dean Hendrickson, curator of ichthyology at the University of Texas at Austin, the discovery is the first confirmed blindcat sighting in Texas.


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How unique, although that is from living in a cave, adapting to their surroundings.


Quote:"Cave-dwelling animals are fascinating in that they have lost many of the characteristics we are familiar with in surface animals, such as eyes, pigmentation for camouflage, and speed," Sprouse said.
"They have found an ecological niche where none of those things are needed, and in there they have evolved extra-sensory abilities to succeed in total darkness."


The Mexican blindcat was originally described in 1954 when found in wells and springs near Melchor Múzquiz in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. It was subsequently listed as an endangered species by the Mexican government, and as a foreign endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hendrickson led efforts to locate additional blindcat sites in Mexico and Texas for years but only located them in Mexico on previous expeditions.


Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-rare-catfis...s.html#jCp


No more than 3" long.....easy to lose if not careful.
Or end up as fish-bait.

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Poor fish! Wonder what it thinks is happing when it it swiming along minding it's on business, then suddenly slams into a rock wall?   minusculewtf     smallroflmao
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(06-19-2016, 03:09 AM)Mystic Wanderer Wrote: Poor fish! Wonder what it thinks is happing when it it swiming along minding it's on business, then suddenly slams into a rock wall?   minusculewtf     smallroflmao



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Nothing like face planting into a wall, to know where the boundaries are, huh ?

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