Striped Catfish (Juvenile) (Plotosus lineatus)

Also known as Barbel-eel Catfish, Canine Catfish Eel, Catfish Eel, Coral Catfish, Darkfin Eel Catfish, Eel Catfish, Giant Catfish, Indo-Pacific Striped Eel Catfish, Lined Catfish, Striped Catfish Eel, Striped Eel Catfish, Striped Sea Catfish

Description

Also known as Barbel-eel Catfish, Canine Catfish Eel, Catfish Eel, Coral Catfish, Darkfin Eel Catfish, Eel Catfish, Giant Catfish, Indo-Pacific Striped Eel Catfish, Lined Catfish, Striped Catfish Eel, Striped Eel Catfish, Striped Sea Catfish.

Found singly or in small schools hiding under ledges during the day, over estuaries, tidal pools of open coastal areas but can be found in fresh water lakes in Africa.
They are bottom feeders and use the barbels around their mouth to detect food, feeding nocturnally on benthic crustaceans, fish, molluscs and worms.
Juveniles form tightly packed schools for feeding which may contain hundreds of fish.
Length 32cm
Depth - 1-50m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

These catfish are mimicked by the Convict Blenny - Pholidichthys leucotaenia
http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/convict-blenny/2026

Catfish have venomous spines in the fins which can inflict painful wounds.
Repeated stings from Plotosus lineatus may result in death. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/plotosus-lineatus.html

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Striped Catfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Striped Catfish

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