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Perhaps the climbing perch is neither fish nor foul

Posted in Biology, Fish, Nature, Oddities, Wildlife on Tuesday, 28 February 2012

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This edited article about fish originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 654 published on 27 July 1974.

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Climbing perch by Susan Cartwright

The Climbing Perch is one of the few fishes which have developed a rudimentary kind of lung so that it can travel overland in search of new water habitats. It does this by using its spiky fins, gill covers, and tail to propel itself out of the water, climbing over any obstacle in the way and travelling at about 200 yards an hour.

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