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This crazy pleco can scale vertical walls!

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 07, 2015 09:00 AM
Loricariids aren't known for death-defying antics; fact is, they live a very unexciting sedentary lifestyle. But this pleco, Chaetostoma microps, was recorded climbing up and down a vertical wall in an Ecuadorian cave ... using its sucker-mouth!

Here is a video of the pleco doing its best Spiderman impersonation.  Water is cascading down the nearly vertical wall, making the climb that much more impressive and also explains how this catfish survives above the water.  This is the first time scientists have documented this activity.  The behavior seems to defy any practical or survival purpose.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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