What is a Catfish
Catfish are a very diverse group of bony fish.
The Catfish are named for their prominent barbels. These barbels resemble a cat's whiskers.
These fish belong to the order Siluriformes.
Diversity in Catfish
They can vary in size from 2 inch to 13 ft. Catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also naked types, neither having scales. There is a species of catfish called electric catfish.
Diet of Catfish
The Catfish are omnivores. Most species will eat almost anything.
Over 447 million pounds of catfish was produced in 1995.
June 25 is designated National Catfish Day in the United States.
One catfish can lay up to 4,000 eggs a year per pound of body weight.