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Phantom Blindcat

Central America

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Prietella lundbergi

Endangered

  • Water extraction is the principal threat for this species as it depletes water of caves, especially when the caves are near human occupied areas.
  • Its habitat is situated is threatened by continued clearing of forest for timber, road construction, expansion of settlements, industrial development and agricultural expansion.

Prietella lundbergi (phantom blindcat) is a species of North American freshwater catfish (family Ictaluridae) endemic to Mexico. It is a troglobitic species found in caves of the Tamesi River drainage. This species grows to a length of 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in) SL.