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The Largest Catfish ever Caught in the World

Saturday, November 5th 2011. | Largest

Fisherman often help us figure out the max size of largest catfish for different species since they report when they caught a big fish while it would be very hard to try to keep species in captivity and raise them to their max size. This is due to several reasons, one is that large species often can grow very old and we might have to wait for 50 years or more before knowing the result. Another reasons is that species seldom grow to the same size in captivity and in the wild, some species grow larger in the wild while some species grow larger in aquarium then they ever would in the wild.

Catfishes are a diverse group of ray-finned fish, some of them can grow to be largest catfish. They named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat’s whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also naked types, neither having scales. The largest catfish looks the same as the usual catfish.

Largest Catfish

Largest Catfish

Catfish is a group of fish that can grow very large and become very old which makes us completely dependent on fishermen reports to know their max size. The exact max size is however hard to know even if we look at the largest catfish ever caught of that particular catfish species mainly due to the fact that there almost always exist unconfirmed reports of larger fish then the largest confirmed catch.

Fishers in northern Thailand netted this largest catfish in the Mekong River on May 1. Nearly nine feet long (2.7 meters) and as big as a grizzly bear, the behemoth tipped the scales at 646 pounds (293 kilograms). Experts say the fish, which belongs to the species known as the Mekong giant catfish, may be the largest catfish.

Have you ever seen largest catfish larger than that  largest catfish above?

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