Walking Catfish

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Clarias batrachus - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Walking Catfish

Mottled form of the highly variable Walking Catfish. JJPhoto.dk

[edit] Overview

The family Clariidae, which includes these African and Asian predatory catfishes, is banned by U.S. federal law because of their ability to “walk” across land areas to get to other waterways when their habitats dry out.

They are extremely predatory, making them appropriate for big, special-collection aquariums only.

Normal coloration is olive-drab, but albino and mottled or piebald forms are commonly sold in the aquarium trade.

Must be kept in a secure aquarium to prevent their escape. Like many catfishes, they have stinging spines and must be handled with care. Heavy-duty filtration must be provided.

Family: Clariidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Often found in muddy, stagnant water. Lowland streams, rivers, swamps, canals, flooded fields. When trapped in a drying pool, it can emerge and slither in search of deeper water. Having escaped in Florida in the 1960s, they have made their way into many bodies of water, including aquaculture facilities and koi ponds.

Maximum length: 47 cm (19 in)

Water: Freshwater 10 °C (283 K, 50 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Eats fish, crustaceans, worms, detritus, vegetable matter.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Can be housed with big, self-assured fishes, such as Oscars, Pacu, Piranha, Tiger Fish, Scats.

[edit] Notes

In Laos, the Walking Catfish is essential in the preparation of traditional dishes such as lap pa and ponne pa.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW
Facts about Walking CatfishRDF feed
Common name Walking Catfish  +
Family Clariidae  +
Genus Clarias  +
Image credit JJ  +
Maximum length 19 in  +
Native range Malay Peninsula  +, Sumatra  +, Java  +, and Borneo  +
Reference 101 Best Tropical Fishes  +
Specific name batrachus  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Text credit KW  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 283 K (10 °C, 50 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +