Next, there is the specimen. The first challenge is identifying the fish. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vandellia cirrhosa. Trichomycteridae with a Description of a New Species from Venezuela". He described how local men tied their urethras shut when spending time around the water. Combined with the fact that swimming up a tiny orifice would almost certainly be a death sentence for the little fish it would seem slightly puzzling why it might behave in such a way.
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Another case of evolution finding similar solutions in different environments. The unfortunate lad was taken to hospital with complaints of pain, dribbling urine and acute urinary retention. View image of An drawing of a candiru Vandellia cirrhosa by Francis de Laporte de Castelnau. Although, it probably hurts the catfishes I usually fry even more. Good article… I almost puked! December 17, at 5: The definition of candiru differs between authors.
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Get an Email When New Longform Appears we never spam or share your email, and you can unsubscribe easily. I also had the same question as someone asked earlier, would it happen to a female?! This tale has been told everywhere: In the unlikely event that the panicked victim manages to grasp the fish, its backwards-pointing barbs would cause excruciating pain at each pull, and bring a quick end to the dramatic tug-of-war. There are short sensory barbels around the head, together with short, backward pointing spines on the gill covers.
Description: This has resulted in one of the most infamous legends to emerge from the Amazon: Send questions for Cecil Adams to: A Straight Dope Staff Report by SDStaff Ian, Straight Dope Science Advisory Board. Surgical removal of the fish was considered, but rejected in favor of endoscopy [insertion of a TV-equipped tube into the urethra]. Heads up to everyone in North America.