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Jan 17, 2013 2:35 AM

Can anyone help identify this strange fish please?

My son has been asking me to identify this fish and I have searched the internet about it but couldn't find any information.

I have no extra information to give except for this photo. Your help is very much appreciated.217943_3616402428006_1587521112_n.jpg

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    Jan 17, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to Ikan)
    Re: Can anyone help identify this strange fish please?

    It's a bit difficult to see features on this picture, but I think that this is one of the armour-plated catfish.  If you took this photo in South America (Guyana or Trinidad, perhaps), I would guess at the fairly widespread Hoplosternum littorale - the Smithsonian has a page on this because it is also an introduced species in Florida http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/hoplosternum_littorale.htm.  It looks as though you took this in a fish market?

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    • Hello,

      I've got a message from another Museum expert who agrees with the ID. Hoplosternum littorale seems the most likely ID for the photo, as far as fishes can be identified from photos. For more information about this species, please read the Wikipedia article here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplosternum_littorale

      Regards,

      Florin

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    Jul 19, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to Ikan)
    Re: Can anyone help identify this strange fish please?

    Hi Ikan,

     

    I live in Suriname. This fish a local delicacy in my country.

     

    Taigu

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