Rebecca goes backstage at the National History Museum | That sucks!

In the run up to Christmas, while everyone else was doing christmassy things like shopping for last minute gifts or buying delicious food for the table, Rebecca Bentley, a volunteer studying molecular and morphological phylogeny of armoured catfishes was rummaging through the fish collection at London’s Natural History Museum in search of Loricariidae, the fancy science name for Sucky Fish.

The Natural History Museum in London houses a huge collection of wet and dry preserved creatures numbering somewhere in the region of 92 million individual specimens! Some of these hail from very famous collectors like Wallace and Darwin.

Many of you at some point would have had a pleco / sucker fish in your home aquarium, often the type that hides all day and comes out for the occasional mooch around the glass; usually a Plecostomus, the type which gets far too big and needs to be re-homed? Well, did you know that there are in fact almost 700 different species of pleco?!

Each and every Monday on the Loricariidae facebook page Rebecca will take us on a journey behind the scenes at the museum to see what specimens they have tucked away and give us a little bit of history on the collectors as well as the natural behaviours and habitat preferences of their wild counterparts.

Rebecca’s first post is on the gorgeous compressed pleco Paralithoxus bovalii from the upper Potaro River in Guyana.

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