Weird looking fish with 6 fins

Weird FishA group of guys caught a weird looking fish during a midnight fishing trip at Xiang Mi lake, China. This unique sheatfish has 6 fins, a flat forehead and eyes capable of a 360 rotation!

Its two front fins support the fish's body decorated with spots, and it weighs 300 over grams.

Update: It's a species of Plecostomus.
Plecostomus, pleco, or plec is a general name for a type of freshwater tropical Central and South American fish belonging to the family Loricariidae. Plecos are extremely popular in aquaria for their ability to clean tanks by eating algae growth and are often very good at doing this. These fish are typically sold at about 8 cm (3 inches) and may grow up to 60 cm (2 feet), and a few species can reach even more.

Plecostomuses are omnivorous but, in the wild, feed mostly on plant material at night. During the day, their unusual omega irises block a lot of the light out of their eyes. The iris opens at night. Plecos can also wink by rolling the eye into the head.

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Anonymous said…
It's a species of plecostomus.
A freshwater catfish.
100's of species in the genre.
They range from 3 inches to 3 or more feet long.
Anonymous said…
this is not a weird fish.
here in my country (malaysia) we can easily catch this fish.

in our country, we called it "cleaner fish". if we put this fish in the aquarium, it will clean out the algae that stick on all over the tank.

this fish just doing a good job by eat all the algae.
Spluch said…
An indeed useful fish that earns its keep.
Anonymous said…
That's not a weird fish, that's a pleco. Looks like he'd really appreciate being put back in the water, too. Pssh...
Anonymous said…
i had one..His name was Bob
Anonymous said…
we called that fish "janitor" or "algae eater" here in philippines, it
does do a great job on cleaning ur aquarium tanks..