New cave catfish threatened by deforestation, mining, pollution

Main report: New cave catfish threatened by deforestation, mining, pollution
(Mongabay)

Scientific Paper: PLOS One   
New Taxa: Aspidoras mephisto
Species named for: “mephisto” refers to the shortened name of Mephistopheles, demon from the German folklore.
Categories: Fish | New Species
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Scientists have discovered the first entirely cave-dwelling armored catfish of the Callichthyidae family in South America. The species has adaptations for living underground, including a lack of pigment and reduced eyes. Researchers think it may use tree roots for shelter and food. But surveys indicate the new species, Aspidoras mephisto, is restricted to two caves in an area devoid of official protection, and human pressures around its restricted habitat mean it may already be highly threatened with extinction.

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