Walking Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL FLORIDA TALK' started by Ace, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    Identification: Walking catfish, which are scale-less, are typically a uniform shade of gray or gray-brown with many small white spots along their sides. The head is flat and wide and the body tapers to the tail. The eyes are very small and the mouth is broad with fleshy lips and numerous small pointed teeth in large bands on both the upper and lower jaw. There are four pairs of barbels, one pair each of maxillary and nasal barbels and two pairs of mandibal barbels. The fish has a lengthy dorsal and anal fin that each terminate in a lobe near the caudal fin. The pectoral fins, one on each side, have rigid spine-like elements. To move outside of water, the fish uses these "spines" and flexes its body back and forth to "walk". The walking catfish is easy to distinguish from many of the other North American catfish because it doesn't have an adipose fin.


    In addition to the brown or gray-brown coloring noted above, albinos and calico morphs are also possible. However, these are uncommon in the wild. For example, in Florida the fish that escaped were albinos but today the albino is rare and descendants have generally reverted to the dominant, dark coloring.


    The fish reach reproductive maturity at one year and grow up to 24 inches in their native range. However, in Florida they rarely exceed 14 inches.


    Walking catfish possess a large accessory breathing organ which enables them to breath atmospheric oxygen. They are well known for their ability to "walk" on land for long distances, especially during or after rainfall.


    Original Distribution: The walking catfish are a widely distributed species found across Southern Asia including Pakistan, Eastern India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Borneo, Laos and the Philipines. It's hard to determine, though, to what extent this distribution comprises the native range. In Southeast Asian this fish in valued for food and it's probable that human activity is responsible for the presence of this species in parts of its current range.

    Ace :frk-big:
     
  2. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    Thanks for the info Ace, right now there is a strong suggestion by FWC that all walking catfish caught be destroyed and discarded properly.
     

  3. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    Since we all know catfish will eat just about anything, its probably good that they only get 14 to 24 inches! Can you imagine a walking wel's cat! Then on the other hand you could combine your favorite sports, hunting and fishing:)
     
  4. Ulizth

    Ulizth New Member

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    Ok, time for me to find that old leash so I don't lose my catfish! Is there a liscense required for walking your catfish?:hmm-big:
     
  5. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    How do you give em their shots?
    Can ya get a collar at Wallie's?

    Seriously though, they are becoming a threat to some of our fisheries down here, and with the kill all you catch mandate FWC dosen't think they will ever be iradicated :cursing:
     
  6. catfish joe

    catfish joe New Member

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    what pet store do i need to go too. i want one for myself i think it make a great guard ummmmmmm cat....lol....:frk-big: :thumbsup:
     
  7. Big Country01

    Big Country01 New Member

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    Good To SEE You Posting Again Pferox.....:)