Phylum: Chordata - Class: Elasmobranchii - Order: Siluriformes - Family: Siluridae
Catfish are slimy, scaleless fish that live in lakes and slow-flowing rivers; they can grow to a metre long. A 62lb 0oz (28.123kg) specimen caught in 1997 by Mr R. Garner while fishing at Withy Pool, Henlow, in Bedfordshire currently holds the British rod-caught catfish record.
Wels Catfish have been introduced into several stillwater fisheries in Britain, including some in Wales. They are an alien species to Britain, and a keeping licence is now required under the Import of Live Fish Act (ILFA).
This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Dr Nick Giles.
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