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Catfish aka Channel Catfish aka

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Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Catfish (order Siluriformes) are a diverse group of fish. Named for their prominent “barbels”, which give the image of cat-like whiskers, they are found in primarily freshwater environments of all kinds, with species on every continent except Antarctica. Some species from the families Ariidae and Plotosidae are also found in marine environments. They feature some of the smallest known vertebrates, including the candiru, the only vertebrate parasite to attack humans, as well as Pangasianodon gigas, the largest reported freshwater fish. There are armour plated types and also naked types, but they do not have scales. Not all catfish families have barbels; what defines a fish as being in the Siluriformes order are certain features of the skull and swimbladder.



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