Our animals

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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

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

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African clawed frog

African clawed frog

Six-banded Distichodus

Six-banded Distichodus

Congo tetra

Congo tetra

Ansorge's cichlid

Ansorge's cichlid

Butterfly fish

Butterfly fish

Snow Pleco

Snow Pleco

Sierra leone dwarf tetra

Sierra leone dwarf tetra

Snow Pleco

Snow Pleco

Facts

LatinPterygoplichthys anisitsi
Size42 cm
FoodBottom-living animals and algae
HabitatRivers and lakes
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationParaguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
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An important fish

The snow pleco is rarely found in aquariums, but it is quite common in nature. This fish is a vital source of food for poor people in Paraguay and Argentina.

Window washer

Like other suckermouth catfish, it eats algae on rocks using powerful teeth attached to its lips. If you’re lucky, you might see it sucking on the glass and eating algae.

Not always welcome

The snow pleco comes from South America, but it has been spread to other countries by humans. In places where it does not belong, the pleco is harmful to some of the animals in those areas.

Every time animals are released in an area outside their native habitat, it can have serious consequences for the animals that live naturally in that area. It can even cause other species to die out.


Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi