A school of striped catfish


Catfish (Siluriformes) are a large order of fish, with over 2,400 species in it. Most catfish live in freshwater, but there are a few marine species. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Did you know?
Catfish have more than 100,000 taste buds covering their bodies.

Scientific name: Siluriformes

Rank: Order

Common names:

  • Catfishes,
  • Siluriformes

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The following habitats are found across the Catfish distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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