View Full Version : New species in the Amazon

10-06-2009, 09:30 AM
Saw a show last night about the Amazon river.
There is this huge fish market where they said 50% of the fish havent even been named. Scientists go there to discover new species because its easier than catching them themselves.

This is just amazing to me.

10-06-2009, 09:33 AM
We've discovered new species of birds and/or frogs on just about every field project we ever did in the Amazon. New fish, like new plants and insects, are a dime a dozen.

BTW, did you know that there are more species of fish in the Amazon and its tributaries than in the whole Atlantic Ocean, north and south?

10-06-2009, 09:35 AM
I believe they said there are more species in the Amazon than the Atlantic and Pacific combined.

10-06-2009, 09:36 AM
I cant wait to come and see it for myself, although I am concerned about the parasites. How do the natives deal with that?

I am currently readin a book about the Lost City of Z. Its amazing how many people have vanished while seeking this mythical city.

Do you think it could exist George?

10-06-2009, 09:41 AM
No parasites to worry about, unless you go to a gold mining camp or a frontier boomtown and go bathing in polluted creeks.

We wear repellent for bugs, which can be bad in the rainy season, but rarely as bad as, say, the Everglades or New England in summer. No land leeches, no bilharzia, no water-borne parasites. Few snakes, and nothing on land that requires more than an upright posture for defense. This is Brazil, not Africa or SE Asia.

10-06-2009, 11:17 AM
no water-borne parasites
fish (http://www.angelfire.com/biz/piranha038/candiru.html) swims upstream while you piss and lodges in the urethra - sounds lovely :D

10-06-2009, 11:24 AM
There are botfly larvae

http://www.shooshtime.com/images/videos/76a39eec170bee67e3b13924ef643b6b_botfly.flv_0001.j pg

10-06-2009, 12:53 PM
fish (http://www.angelfire.com/biz/piranha038/candiru.html) swims upstream while you piss and lodges in the urethra - sounds lovely :D

That's not a parasite. It's a nightmare. :D

What I am trying to say is that in the Amazon, you can actually go swimming (not naked :eek:) and come out of the water none the worse for the wear, unless it is an isolated lake where the piranhas haven't had a decent meal since the last rainy season. That is practically impossible in Africa, say. If crocs or hippos don't nail you the parasites will, and most of them make botflies look benign.

BTW, I have had a botfly larva in my leg. Just one, in almost 30 years of hardcore field work. Oh, and no candirus. I only piss on land. :D

10-06-2009, 01:01 PM
Actually I read that there have only been one or 2 cases of candirus attacking people.

10-06-2009, 01:04 PM
It happens, mostly to women.