S. Spotte a passé quatre années d'investigations sur la biologie de ces animaux mythiques et d'enquêtes sur des relations d'attaques sur l'homme. Ces relations écrites ont pratiquement commencé avec les premiers récits des explorateurs européens. Ce sont donc les résultats de ce vaste programme de recherche et d'enquête qui forment l'ossature de l'ouvrage. -- François Meunier, Bulletin de la Société zoologique de France 127: 393-395, 2002
[A] refreshing appraisal. . .providing a comprehensive review of the literature in addition to new information. . . .Spotte's book, by his own pen, is "neither wholly factual nor entirely fictitious" (p.xl); in other words, many candiru-related mysteries remain unsolved, and a healthy dose of speculation has been injected here and there. But Spotte goes a long way toward unmasking the doubts, sprouting even more questions. . . . Are candirus attracted by urine? Probably not. Is there proof that they actually penetrate human urethras? Yes. -- Marcelo R. de Carvalho, Cybium 27(2): 82
Spotte. . .has provided an unusual book that includes a review and assessment of previously published historical accounts, scientific reports, and legends about candirus, along with some original field and laboratory observations of his own. . . .[and] performed a great scholarly service by pulling together under one cover many of the old, obscure, difficult-to-obtain references on candirus. . . .I enjoyed reading about [his] and his Brazilian colleagues' search for candirus in the field, their subsequent experiments on feeding behavior, and their examination of a candiru removed by a surgeon from a male victim in 1997. . . .-- Philip A. Cochran, Bios 76: 31-33, 2005Candiru
is an accessible book for aquarists, biologists, and anyone simply interested in the more unusual aspects of tropical biology. . . .While investigating the mysteries of candiru biology, the author reviews fundamental information on fish sensory systems, parasitism, and the special physiological adaptations required by successful blood-feeding vertebrates. . . .The final chapter, "Candiru World", could only have been written by someone who has spent some time building and theming public aquarium exhibits. -- Pete Mohan, Drum & Croaker 34(1): 47, 2003
About the Author
STEPHEN SPOTTE is a marine biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. He was formerly a research scientist at the University of Connecticut. He has a PH.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.