Catfish

Catfish

Catfish…

Catfishes
Catfishes. Image credit: Ruth Hartnup cc2.0

Catfish are found in the freshwater and coastal areas of all continents except Antarctica. Most species have slender barbels protruding from the area around the mouth, that look like the whiskers of a cat, which is how they got their name. However, not all catfish species have these barbels.

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Channel catfish has four pairs of barbels. PD image

These barbels contain the catfish’s tastebuds. Catfish are mostly bottom-feeders, meaning they feed at the bottom of the water. Their diet consists of fish, insects and worms, but they also sometimes feed on small mammals and reptiles. Catfish usually suck in or gulp down their prey instead of biting, but be careful handling them, because they do have sharp teeth!

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Giant Bagarius yarrelli, India. Image credit: Derek Dsouza cc3.0

Catfish come in a wide range of sizes, from just 0.4 inches (1 centimeter) to more than 6.6 feet (2 meters) long. Some species can survive out of water (as long as their skin stays moist). There are as many as three thousand known species of catfish in the world and researchers believe there are probably many more yet to be discovered.

Also see:
Link #36: Catfish Have 100,000 Taste Buds!

Catfish are featured in the following books:
25 River Monsters
25 Nocturnal Animals




The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Catfish. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. CATFISH IN SPINNING MONSTER RECORD OVER 250 POUNDS – HD by YURI GRISENDI
  2. CATFISH GRABS AND EAT PIGEON PART ONE – by YURI GRISENDI
  3. KILLER CATFISH HUNT PIGEONS ON LAND by AnimalWire
  4. REALLY MONSTER WELS CATFISH WITH FIREBALL L – HD by YURI GRISENDI
  5. WELS CATFISH WITH PELLETS IN SPAIN – HD by YURI GRISENDI

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