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21. Bristle-Nosed Catfish

Scientific name: Ancistrus cf. temminckii

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Pisces. Family: Loricaridae

Origin: Introduced

Status: Common in streams

Distribution: O`ahu

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This ugly creature is thankfully only found on O‘ahu, but its feeding habits—eating virtually all algae it comes across—outcompete other fish for this resource and has resulted in the decline of our native fish populations wherever this catfish occurs. Compounding this is the fact that it has no natural predators, so it can “do as it pleases” [ full story ]

   Photo by Ronald Englund and David Preston