this flathead catfish was caught and release here by a kid at the park
Photos include grandchildren who caught the fish (except for baby that had "help").
found dead on bank
Kingkong - catch 'o the day from the mighty Mississippi river near Shelby State Park.
This one fed many people at the fish fry later in the summer.
We speculate it may be well over 10yr old?
Photo'd in clear water near shore of flowing stream. Several of these non-native fish were in the Las Vegas Wash which was flowing (treated effluent water). This aquarium fish is apparently established in the Las Vegas Wash and nearby Lake Mead.
I originally IDed this as Armored Catfish (Hypostomus plecostomus) but someone familiar with these fish suggested Vermiculated Sailfin Catfish (Pterygoplichthys cf. disjunctivus), which has been documented in this same area since 2001 by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species database (nas.er.usgs.gov)
The epic battle of cormorant vs catfish may be viewed as a 13-photo slideshow here.
Catfishes (order Siluriformes) are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also...