The Batman Fish – Otocinclus batmani

Otocinclus batmaniIchthyologist, Pablo Lehmann, honors the caped crusader by naming a new species after him. Otocinclus batmani aka “The Batman Fish” is a catfish from Colombia and Peru. It’s small and measures under 2 inches so put those recipes away!

HINT: If you are wondering why this little critter was named after Batman take a closer look at the tail.

You can read Lehmann’s paper published in the journal Neotropical Ichthyology online here: Otocinclus batmani, a new species of hypoptopomatine catfish (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from Colombia and Peru [pdf].

On a side note, if you have a fresh water aquarium and need help with algae problems keep an eye out for O. batmani’s cousins for sale at your local aquarium. They are often sold as “oto cats” or “dwarfed sucking catfish” and are fantastic algae eaters. They do much better than the commonly sold chinese algae eaters who actually tend to stop eating algae as they get older.

Da nuh nuh nuh na nuh nuh na nuh … BATFISH!

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Genus: Otocinclus

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