TITLE

Climbing Perch

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Climbing Perch (also called Climbing Gourami and Walking Fish), a freshwater fish that comes out of the water to breathe air for hours at a time. The fish cannot derive enough oxygen from water because it has very small gills and generally lives in oxygen-poor water. In a cavity above its gills is a respiratory organ that enables the fish to absorb oxygen from the air. The fish is frequently observed moving over land from one body of water to another; it moves by flexing its tail and using its fins as props. It has also been seen climbing sloping tree trunks. It feeds on crustaceans, insects, and vegetation.
ACCESSION #
37309941

 

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