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Killer catfish? Venomous species surprisingly common, study finds

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  1. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Name all the venomous animals you can think of and you probably come up with snakes, spiders, bees, wasps and perhaps poisonous frogs. But catfish?

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  2. rlayna

    rlayna Elite Member

    Cool article, didn't even realize there were venomous fish.
  3. MadDog

    MadDog Elite Member

    I new it hurt way to much for a catfish to stick you and it not have some kind of I have been fishing way to many times and pricked way to many times by there fins. Trust me, it hurts! lol Yeah I might be a bit of a baby.
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL! I can't think of any serious fishermen that were not already aware of this!
    and catfish are not the only venomous fish. There are several ocean dwelling fish that are venomous. The lionfish, stonefish and stingray come to mind.
  5. herps4life

    herps4life Elite Member

    haha very true merlin, too many times i have been tagged by a catffishes spines to not know that there is something more to it. ive been "stung" before and had a painful wound for days after.
  6. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Merlin, it's no the ven fish you should be worried about in the oceans, it's the inverts! I have been stung toooo many times by one of my clients lionfish haha, this guy is mean and I can't seem to avoid him when cleaning the tank :-D. Anenomes pack a pretty mean punch as well, as do some specie of brain coral...when these guys decide to declare chemical warfare on eachother they destroy alot of life in the tanks. In general, under water creatures seem to be more dangerous and agressive then most land dwelling ones...
  7. herps4life

    herps4life Elite Member

    althought i have no experience with keeping marine anything, i do have to agree with this statement. invert venom is extremely fast acting and must pack quite a punch. hope i never get to feel that pain!!!!
  8. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    My very first thought as well...

    there are a few fish that are deadly, though as stated, they are marine. I do not (yet) know of any freshwater.
  9. Lizardbreeder

    Lizardbreeder Well-Known Member

    well theres a little catfish that acts as a parasite if you watch river monsters many catfish kill men
  10. Kendalle

    Kendalle Elite Member

    Jellyfish have some of the most potent venom out there.
  11. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

    Yup - that's why I take a pair of heavy gloves when I go, in case I catch a catfish! But venom or not -- they are YUMMY!!
  12. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    There are some very nifty catfish - Candiru have interesting (and sometimes excruciating) habits. Google it if you are not already enlightened.

    I agree frognut - Delicious!

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