Striped eel catfish - Plotosus lineatus

The Striped eel catfish, Plotosus lineatus (Siluriformes - Plotosidae), is the only catfish found in coral reefs, although they are also found in estuaries, tide pools and open coasts. They can be recognized by its oral barbels and striped coloration.

Juveniles form dense ball-shaped schools of about 100 fish; adults are solitary or occur in smaller groups of around 20 and are known to hide under ledges during the day. 

The dorsal and pectoral fins have hidden venomous serrate spines that can cause hours of intense pain and the risk of collapse from shock.

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Photo credit: ©René Cazalens | Locality: Bali, Indonesia (2014)

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Red-Black Striped Snake

Bothrophthalmus lineatus (Colubridae) is a harmless snake, native to west and central Africa. Its common name, Red-Black Striped Snake, obviously refers to the color pattern of the species, black with five red stripes down its back.

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Photo credit: ©Konrad Mebert | Locality: Banalia-Longala, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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I TOUCHED SO MANY SCALYBABS AND MADE SO MANY FRIENDS O FRABJOUS DAY seriously though look at that Uroplatus baby it STOLE my heart. The guy running that booth was from Outback Reptiles and was super nice! (Also I got to hold the $40,000 male candy pied so I’d call it a good day.)

“Striped Panchax” (Aplocheilus lineatus)

Also known as the Golden Wonder Killifish in the aquarium trade, the striped panchax is a species of Aplochelid killifish which inhabits both fresh and brackish waters in peninsula India and Sri Lanka. Striped panchax inhabit a variety of habitats, ranging from high altitude streams and reservoirs, rivers, low-lying paddy fields, swamps, and brackish waters.


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Fahaka Pufferfish (Tetraodon lineatus)

Also known as the Nile Puffer, Lineatus Puffer, or the Globe Fish, the fahaka pufferfish is a species of tropical freshwater pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) which occurs in the Nile River and other river basins in Africa. Like other pufferfish, when disturbed T. lineatus boasts the ability to inflate when threatened and carries the toxin Tetrodoxin. Fahaka pufferfish are primarily molluscivorous and will forage in the benthic zone for freshwater mussels and snails. 


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Lined Leaf-tailed Gecko, Marojey National Park, Madagascar | ©Frank Vassen 

Of all of the species in the genus, Uroplatus lineatus (Gekkonidae) is by far one of the most unique of the group. They’re one of the largest Uroplatus, reaching a total length of 10-11”. They lack the dermal fringe most frequently seen in species belonging to the “fimbriatus” group, but many adorn themselves with spiny scales which give the appearance of “eye lashes” above their eyes.

Their bodies are long and slender with smooth skin and a “snake-like” head. Patterns change from solid beige or yellowish during the day and wood grain striped at night. They very much resemble the bamboo plants they inhabit in their natural habitat.

It is one of the more arboreal species, they generally stick to the walls and branches in their enclosure. Like all Uroplatus, they are nocturnal and sleep during the day. This is a very elegant species, moving about the enclosure with grace and style.

The species inhabits the tropical and bamboo forests in eastern Madagascar. Their range is limited to the are between the regions of  Toamasina and Maroantsetra.


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Posterior vertebrae from the glyptodont Eosclerocalyptus cf. lineatus showing marks that appear to have come from the large raccoon relative Chapalmalania altifrontis. The 25–30 kg (55–66 lbs) Chapalmalania has typically been compared to bears, but de los Reyes (2013) suggests it could have had hyena-like bone crushing abilities. 

de los Reyes, M. et al. (2013) First evidence of scavenging of a Glyptodont (Mammalia, Glyptodontidae) from the Pliocene of the Pampean region (Argentina): taphonomic and paleoecological remarks. Palaeontologia Electronica 16(2). Available