ould that be a sucker?” I asked myself when I
I was sure that as soon as we stepped into the water it would
hide under the huge boulder it was attached to, but it was also
impossible to simply scoop it from the rock.
We quickly came up with an idea: my friend Naseer would
hold the big net on one side of the rock while I would use my
bare hand to gently chase the fish into the net. It was not as easy
as it sounds: I lay down on a halfway submerged rock and tried
my best to slowly reach the fish… but, oops, it was too fast and
promptly swam over the rock and hid in a cave. We could have
waited for its reappearance on the open part of the rock, but it
might not have emerged for a long while. Desperate, I put my
hand inside the cave, not even stopping to consider that there
might be some potentially harmful creature inside. And as luck
would have it, three Borneo suckers rushed out toward the
opening where we had placed the net, and we grabbed all but one.
Locating them in that fast-flowing
water was a difficult task. This particular
habitat had huge boulders one cannot move, let
alone take out of the water to check for any living
being still stuck to them.
(Above): Gastromyzon sp., ventral view.