Vandellia cirrhosa

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Vandellia cirrhosa

(văn-dĕl′ē-ă sĭ-rō′să) [NL]
A slender parasitic catfish indigenous to the Amazon. It attaches itself to the gills of other spiny fishes and extracts blood for food. It occasionally swims into and inserts itself in the urethra or rectum of human bathers, from whom it must be surgically removed. This nearly transparent vertebrate is also known as the “toothpick fish, ” “vampire fish, ” “carnero, ” or “candiru urethra.”
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Para muitos ribeirinhos e barqueiros, o rio Madeira e tido como perigoso devido a quantidade de arvores, de pauzadas que descem o rio na epoca das cheias, das praias que se formam na epoca da vazante, dos temporais repentinos e dos moradores do rio: cobras grandes, jacares, arraias, diversos peixes carnivoros e o candiru.
"We had to wash in a river full of piranha fish and other nasty beasties including the candiru fish.
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The enthralling film sees Martin brave the constant threat of piranhas, crocodiles and the horrifying candiru fish.
And don't even mention the candiru - tiny little parasitic fish who, should you innocently start relieving yourself in some nearby stream, swim up your jet of urine and embed themselves inside your old chap before drinking your blood.
You'll learn about the "Seven Perils of the Amazon," which include the piranhas, the piraibas, electric eels, stingrays, candiru fish, anaconda snakes and caimans - reptiles closely related to crocodiles.