Electric catfish

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The Electric catfish lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater environment.

Electric catfish is the common name for the catfish (order Siluriformes) family Malapteruridae. This family includes two genera, Malapterurus and Paradoxoglanis with 19 species. More

Origins: Electric catfish come from the Nile river basin – at least the ones we’ve always seen. There are other species. No one breeds them on fish farms. They all come from the wild. Little electric catfish look cute. More

first extant depiction of an electric catfish is that on the slate pallete of the pre-dynastic Egyptian ruler Narmer, about 3100 BC. More

placing the electric catfish into water with other fish in an aquarium. Several shocks of less voltage may follow. A positive pole of muscle layer may be found near the head, where the negative pole resides in the tail. Anemaw © Elizabeth Gerrow 2002 . More

Diet in the wild: the electric catfish is carnivorous and will eat almost anything meaty and up to half its size Diet in the zoo: the catfish gets a special mix of vitamins called Grind, and also is fed shrimp and canned spinach More

electric catfish is devoid of scales and has a soft body and underbelly that can easily be cut or damaged. 4. Step 4 Keep the water clean. More

The Electric Catfish is an oddball fish best suited to a large display tank. It has a cylindrical, gray-brown to pinkish body, with a few dark spots and blotches. The lips of the fish are thick, fleshy and are surrounded by six barbels. More

Talk about unique! The electric catfish is the only species in a family all its own. And it produces its own electric currents in order to "see" where it's going and to electrocute its prey. More

Electric catfish (family Malapteruridae) is the common name of several species of freshwater catfish with the ability to produce an electric shock of up to 350 volts using electroplaques of an electric organ. More

atrophied eyes, and the electric catfish of the Nile River and tropical central Africa is capable of giving an electric shock (see Electric Fish). Another odd catfish, the so-called walking catfish, originally occurred in eastern India and Southeast Asia. More

Description: Electric catfish are relatively fat looking, and round in cross-section, like an over-stuffed sausage. They have three pairs of barbels and dark vertical markings on the caudal fin. They have no dorsal fins other than an adipose fin located close to the tail. More

An electric catfish is the common name for the catfish {order Siluriformes} family Malapteruridae and Paradoxoglanis. More

The mouth of the electric catfish look small, but they can actually open up widely, enabling them to eat fish up to almost half their body size. If you observe it long enough and you are lucky, you might even see one flex its mouth muscle backwards much like a wide grin. More

ELECTRIC CATFISH has 160 friends. More

The electric catfish is nocturnal, and will spend most of its time during the day hiding among rocks and decorations in its aquarium. More

The Electric Catfish – A Unique Species for the Serious Catfish Fancier - Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. It takes some doing to stand out among the catfishes, a group that contains some of the most bizarre creatures on earth. More

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Order : Siluriformes
Family : Malapteruridae
Genus : Malapterurus
Species : Malapterurus beninensis
Authority : Gmelin, 1789