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Catfish is a popular dish in the American South in states such as Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Many of these states and others raise catfish commercially on catfish “farms” to sell to large food corporations, with Mississippi currently being the largest producer.
The catfish family is extremely large and the physical size of the any given catfish can range anywhere from an inch long or up to 3 meters long, known as the Mekong giant catfish. The MeKong Catfish found in Southeast Asia is the largest freshwater fish known to man.
Catfish are named for their barbels, commonly called “whiskers,” which give them a cat-like appearance. The barbels are used to hunt for food in dark, murky water. Even though the species is named after its barbels not all species of catfish have them.
Catfish are negatively buoyant, which means that they will sink due to their small gas bladder and bony, heavy head. Catfish typically have a long, cylindrical body and a relatively flat belly, or ventrum. This allows the catfish to engage in benthic feeding, meaning that they eat primarily from the river, stream, and lake bottoms. Catfish also have flattened head which allow them to dig through sediment for food and serves to let them move more easily through the water.