The Ultimate Big Catfish Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

How many species of catfish exist in the world?

There are nearly 2,900 species of catfish in existence today.

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Where do most catfish live?

They mostly inhabit freshwater environments.

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Where in the water do catfish tend to dwell?

Catfish are bottom dwellers.

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Which of the following fish have no scales?

You won't find catfish covered in scales.

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What constitutes the outer covering of a catfish?

Most catfish are smooth-fleshed, although some have bony plates on their bodies.

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How did the catfish get its name?

The catfish has a set of trademark, cat-like whiskers, known as barbels.

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What is the function of the catfish's barbels?

The barbels act as feelers, which help in the search for food.

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What is the name of the biggest catfish ever caught?

There are species of catfish that can grow to exceptional lengths, but the heavyweight champion is the Mekong giant catfish.

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How big was the largest catfish ever caught?

The largest ever, officially recorded catfish was about 8 feet 9 inches (2.7 meters) long.

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What is the weight of the heaviest Mekong giant catfish?

The heaviest catfish was just under 646 pounds (293 kilograms).

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Where was the largest catfish caught?

The record-breaking Mekong giant catfish was captured in Thailand.

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When was the biggest Mekong giant catfish caught?

The world record-holder was captured in Thailand in 2005.

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How long is the Mekong River?

The Mekong River flows through southeast Asia for some 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers).

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What is the total land area covered by the Mekong river basin?

The Mekong river basin covers close to 495,000 square miles (about 795,000 square kilometers) of land.

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The Mekong River basin is shared by ____ countries.

The Mekong River basin encompasses parts of China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

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What is the average life span of Mekong giant catfish in the wild?

Mekong giant catfish have an average life span of more than 60 years.

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Full-grown adult Mekong giant catfish lack:

Full-grown adult Mekong giant catfish lack teeth and barbels.

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Which catfish turn cannibal?

Mekong giant catfish hatchlings, called fry, turn cannibal after being hatched.

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During the past century, the adult Mekong giant catfish population has declined by:

Some experts estimate the adult Mekong giant catfish population is limited to just a few hundred fish -- down some 95 percent over the course of the past century.

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Why are Mekong giant catfish vanishing?

Similar to the tales of other species, overharvesting and habitat loss/degradation are the big factors in the decline of the Mekong giant catfish population.

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About This Quiz

Catfish are mostly freshwater inhabitants and are found on almost every continent. Their size can vary from a couple of inches to more than eight feet long, the size of the largest Mekong giant catfish ever caught. Take this quiz and learn more about big catfish.

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