What Is a Candiru Asu?


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Candiru asu is the common name for the Cetopsis candiru, a species of carnivorous catfish found in freshwater rivers throughout South America. It is sometimes confused with the Vandellia cirrhosa, or candiru, a different species of South American catfish.

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Candiru asu fish feed by using their sharp teeth to burrow into a body, where they then eat internal flesh and organs. They often feed in large numbers and occasionally attack humans. Inebriated people are believed to be at higher risk because they are unable to react quickly to a bite. Unlike the Vandellia cirrhosa, candiru asu do not have spines to attach themselves to their prey.

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