Aztec Fletcha Fish

The green, red, and white fish claims its territory in the deep, warm sea of the Cancun – its home among the vibrant and colorful coral reefs. During the day, the scale reflects the sunlight and creates an illusion of grandioso display, a tactic used to fend of f hungry predators. At night, it fades into the dark with a dim yet luminous green shade that perfectly match the sleeping corals.

The name derives from the ancient Aztec God Flecha – the unparalleled arrow thrower who could fling any stick into galaxies far, far away. Like the Aztec God Flecha, the Aztec Fletcha Fish can shoot venomous string rays into the galaxy of the Cancun Sea which can obliterate even the largest human being. Sharks, whales, and elephant seals fear the Aztec Fletcha Fish for this ability alone.

During molting season, the Aztec Fletcha Fish travels on land with its two powerful hind legs in order to shed their aging skin to allow for the epidermis to regenerate. They spend three months on land not only to molt, but also to find their mate for which they consummate for sexual gratification. Sex for pleasure is priority; where as passing down genes are secondary. The Aztec Fletcha Fish is also a warm-blooded mammal, so they do not lay eggs.

These particular species of fish belong in the Angleino family of fishes, which are characterized by growing up without the help of parents. The Aztec Fletcha Fish grows up with other species of fishes like the Mayan Fletcho Fish, who are also born abandoned in the world.

Lidia Celis