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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

Arowana

Philippines crocodile

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

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Elegant paradise fish

Elegant paradise fish

Long-snouted pipefish

Long-snouted pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Cherry barb

Cherry barb

Threadfin rainbowfish

Threadfin rainbowfish

Mimic oto

Mimic oto

Long-tailed sturisoma

Long-tailed sturisoma

Tiger limia

Tiger limia

Spotted hoplo catfish

Spotted hoplo catfish

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Mimic oto

Mimic oto

Facts

LatinOtocinclus mimulus
Size6 cm
FoodAlgae and coatings on rocks, leaves, roots , etc.
HabitatRivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationParaguay
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Mimicry

When an animal copies how another animal looks, this is called mimicry. Looking like a dangerous animal is quite a useful trick. The mimic oto mimics a poisonous armoured pleco. That way it can ‘graze’ on algae without having to fear predators.

The armoured pleco, Corydoras diphyes

Mimic oto (Otocinclus mimulus)


Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi