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“Candiru” Fish of the Amazon River that can enter your body

Fish of the Amazon River that can enter your body

“Candiru” Fish of the Amazon River that can enter your body The Candiru, or Toothpick fish. is a parasite that normally lives in the gills of larger fishes where it feeds on the host’s blood. Its spiny gill covers anchor it under the operculum of the larger fish. The Candiru was believed to find its host by following the ammonia-scented water ejected from the gills of the larger fish.

It is now believed that the fish finds a host by visual cues.