The Catfish Steak we process is the Ictalurus Puctatus species
Catfish is a type of fish that belongs to the group of ray-finned fish which inhabits freshwater ecosystems such as rivers and streams. Some species of catfish are adapted to the life in salt waters and caves. Catfish are one of the most farmed types of fish (their meat is consumed as delicacy around the world).
Interesting Catfish Facts:
- Smallest species of catfish (banjo catfish) is only 0.39 inches long. Largest species (Mekong catfish) can reach nearly 9 feet in length and 646 pounds of weight.
- Catfish can be silver, grey, white, tan, green or yellow colored, depending on the species.
- Catfish have large, flat head and elongated body.
- Their greatest concentration of sensory organs is located on the whiskers which they could have 4 of.
- Most species of catfish have smooth skin (without scales) covered with mucus. Some species of catfish are able to breathe through their skin.
- Catfish are able to produce and detect sounds thanks to Weberian apparatus (bony structure which connects swim bladder and auditory system). They produce sounds by rubbing together body parts or by inducing vibration of the swim bladder.
- Some species of catfish produce poison in the glands in the skin that covers dorsal fin. In the case of danger, catfish will release toxin that can induce serious (even fatal) injuries in humans.
- Asian walking catfish is a species of catfish that can move on the ground using its front fins and tail. They move short distances from one body of water to another.
- Catfish are carnivores and eat mostly on fish, insects, worms, frogs and newts.
- Catfish are bottom dwellers (they feed on the bottom of the water).
- Main predators of catfish are large fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and humans.
- Mating season of most catfish species takes place in the late spring and early summer.
- Female lay eggs in the crevices of rock and in dense vegetation or in some other dark place. Eggs hatch after 5 to 10 days. Father takes care of the eggs and young fish.
- Catfish can survive from 8 to 20 years in the wild, depending on the species.
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