Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Osteichthyes
       Scientific Name : Siluriformes
                      Size(L) : 1cm - 270cm 
                                      (0.4in - 106in)

                  Life Span : 8 - 20 years
                      Colour : Brown, Black, Tan, 
                                      White, Yellow, Grey
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Flat, broad head
                                      and whiskers
  1. Catfish are a group fish found all around the world except Antarctica.
  2. They are found inhabiting the fresh waters, mostly the faster flowing rivers, or shallow salt water or live in underground caves.
  3. Distinctively, they have long, whisker-like barbels protruding from their mouth and a broad flattened head.
  4. The barbels contain their taste-buds and are also commonly used for smelling and sensing their surroundings.
  5. There are around 3000 known species of catfish around the world.
  6. Depending on the species, they vary in size from a few centimeters to more than 2m in length.
  7. The average length of a catfish is around a meter long.
  8. The Mekong catfish are the largest species of catfish with the largest individual measuring around 3m long.
  9. They are carnivores feeding on fish, insects, worms, frogs, newts, small reptiles and mammals.
  10. They have their predators in large fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds of prey.
  11. The female catfish lay around 10-90 eggs per clutch which hatch within a week.
  12. The eggs are laid near the surface of water to keep them safe from aquatic animals that are bottom dwelling.

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