Get The Shock Of Your Life If You Catch One Of These

Discussion in 'SOUTH AMERICAN CATFISH' started by Ace, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    Name: Electric Catfish

    Range: Western and central tropical Africa and the Nile River.

    Habitat: rocks or roots in dark freshwater lakes and rivers.

    The electric catfish is carnivorous and will eat almost anything meaty and up to half its size.

    Physical description:

    Max. Size: 39" long.
    The body is cylindrical, and wide with a short snout.
    Coloration: a grayish brown with black spots on the body that turns to white or cream on the head.
    It has pectoral and pelvic fins, but lacks dorsal fins.
    The lips of the fish are thick, eyes are small, and nostrils are spread far apart.

    The Electric Catfish is a nocturnal (night) animal. Its most active hours are just after sunset.It is thought that the Electric Catfish breeds in holes in relatively shallow water.

    Malapterurus electricus is also a very solitary and predatory animal. The Electric Catfish will hide underneath rocks and vegetation most of the day.

    This fish is also portrayed in Egyptian tombs around 5,000 years ago. The Egyptians gave the Electric Catfish the name "he who had saved many in the seas." This was impart that the fish would be caught in a net with other fish, and shock the fisherman, causing the net and the caught fish to fall back into the water.

    The adult Electric Catfish can produce an electric shock about 300-350 volts. The fish uses this voltage to stun/paralyze its prey and its attackers in order to avoid conflict and to keep it from getting injured. In captivity, an adult Electric Catfish can severely injure some one if not handled properly.

    Ace :cursing: :eek:
  2. BAM

    BAM New Member

    That was interesting, thanks for sharing.

  3. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

    North Carolina
    These fish are neat, and show signs of adaptation like no other! As you can see in the pictures, they aren't fast, agressive or even all that streamlined. But thier primary diet is fish, live fish, and they are very effective and only feed once or twice a week, but using week pulses of electricity and thier excellent sense of smell to locate sleeping fish which then then further stun and consume. With exception for when the fish is held or cornered, it very rarely using it's electrifying features, and I've personally(maybe not smartly) cleaned out many a electric cat tank while working in a pet store years ago with nothing more than my bare hand and a scrubbing pad to remove algae. And once out of the water, are unable to shock unless a connection is mabe between the possitively charged tail with the negatively charged head, completing the electric cycle.
  4. BubbaCat

    BubbaCat Well-Known Member



    wow thats crazy. ive heard of electric eels but to think their is a catfish with the ability to shock is a little strange lol knowing that most catfish are already voracious feeders with a seemingly bottomless pit for a stomach and top predators the thought of it having an edge like that on its prey is rrather scary ha