African catfish

Clarias gariepinus

Size

In the correct conditions, the African catfish can grow to 1.7 m long and weigh 60 kg. However, there have been specimen weighing more than 100 kg, and measuring more than 2 m in length.

Taste

Der Afrikanische Wels ist wie sein europäischer Verwandter ein absoluter Spitzenfisch der gehobenen Gastronomie. Sein Fleisch ist mild im Geschmack, von angehm fester Struktur von Natur aus annähernd grätenfrei.

Nutrition infos

Nutritionally, the catfish contains an above-average level of valuable Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is excellent for a health-conscious diet. It has a fat content of less than 5%.

Sustainability

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Natural habitat

The African catfish is a nocturnal predatory fish. It will prey on small birds and fish, molluscs, invertebrates or even fish spawn. In times of scarcity, the catfish can even survive on plants.

Life

Catfish are solitary animals and they claim their own territories. In dry periods, they tolerate other catfish and can survive with other catfish in the tiniest areas in the small mud pools that remain from the dried-up rivers.

Food

The African catfish is a nocturnal predatory fish. It will prey on small birds and fish, molluscs, invertebrates or even fish spawn. In times of scarcity, the catfish can even survive on plants.

Characteristics

African catfish are mature when they grow to a length of 40-45 cm (females) and 35-40 cm (males). When the rivers burst their banks during the wet season, the fish look for flooded areas to spawn in.

Informations

One peculiarity of the catfish is its ability to breathe oxygen from the air. This is how they survive in extreme conditions, when their water has almost completely dried up during the dry season.

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