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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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A degeni cichlid (Haplochromis degeni) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A degeni cichlid (Haplochromis degeni) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A babyeater cichlid, Lipochromis melanopterus, at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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A babyeater cichlid (Lipochromis melanopterus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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A babyeater cichlid (Lipochromis melanopterus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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Pygmy catfish (Corydoras pygmaeus) from a private collection.

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Pygmy catfish (Corydoras pygmaeus) from a private collection.

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Sterba’s corydoras (Corydoras sterbai) from a private collection.

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Sterba’s corydoras (Corydoras sterbai) from a private collection.

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L260 Queen Arabesque plecostomus, Hypancistrus sp., from a private collection. Plecostumus have identification numbers because many of them are quite similar. L, standing for Loricariidae, followed by their number.

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L260 Queen Arabesque plecostomus, Hypancistrus sp., from a private collection. Plecostumus have identification numbers because many of them are quite similar. L, standing for Loricariidae, followed by their number.

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L134 Leopard frog plecostomus (Peckoltia compta) from a private collection. Pleco have identification numbers because many of them are so similar. L, standing for Loricariidae, followed by their number.

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L134 Leopard frog plecostomus (Peckoltia compta) from a private collection. Pleco have identification numbers because many of them are so similar. L, standing for Loricariidae, followed by their number.

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Otto catfish (Otocinclus affinis) from a private collection.

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Otto catfish (Otocinclus affinis) from a private collection.

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An emerald rasbora, Microrasbora erythromicron, from a private collection.

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Galaxy rasbora, Danio margaritatus, from a private collection.

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Galaxy rasbora, Danio margaritatus, from a private collection.

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Licorice gourami, Parosphromenus deissneri, from a private collection.

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Licorice gourami, Parosphromenus deissneri, from a private collection.

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Chili rasbora (Boraras brigittae) from a private collection.

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Chili rasbora (Boraras brigittae) from a private collection.

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Spotted blue-eye, Pseudomugil gertrudae, from a private collection.

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Spotted blue-eye, Pseudomugil gertrudae, from a private collection.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus cf) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University. This could be an undescribed species.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus cf) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University. This could be an undescribed species.

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A blue ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A blue ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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Banded sculpin (Cottus carolinae) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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A banded sculpin (Cottus carolinae) at the Fish Biodiversity Lab at Auburn University.

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