Meet the '200-year-old' plec


This huge Panaque is set to be one of the highlights at the 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo.

It's described as a Panaque cf. suttonorum and it's claimed to be 200 years old by its owner — although it turns out that's his estimate of its age in fish years.

However, the 'human' age of this 60cm/24" catfish is still pretty impressive. It's had three different owners in its lifetime and is at least 60 years old.

We asked PFK contributor and catfish expert Julian Dignall if he could shed more light on which species of fish this is, as we weren't convinced of the ID provided. He told us: "Sadly the picture doesn't include the tail fin which would help. It's likely Panaque schaeferi (but just might be Panaque titan)."

Either way, it's an amazing looking fish. 

The 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo will be held at Taipei World Trade Centre Nangang Exhibition Hall from November 9 to 12.

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