armored catfish

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Noun1.armored catfish - South American catfish having the body covered with bony plates
siluriform fish, catfish - any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
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The South American armoured catfish family Loricariidae includes more than 700 nominal species.
One of the new finds - an armoured catfish that has bony plates covered with spines all over its body to defend itself from the giant piranhas that inhabit the same waters - was almost eaten by one of the expedition guides.