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'Carpe Diem' does not mean 'fish of the day'!

Often the mere sight of Latin combined into pairs of tongue twisting scientific names laid out before the hobbyist will cause them, if unfamiliar with this form of organization, to recoil in horror or at best throw up their hands in exasperation. That said, this form of classification remains the best we have and is often useful in getting the basics right for the care of a certain fish. In an attempt to help, we present here an introductory guide to catfish families. The descending order of this list loosely corresponds to the availability of the species. Notes are given about some of the features used to tell different families apart, click here if you need some help with these anatomical terms. In addition if you're not too sure about classification (terms like family, species, genus etc) click here. For an excellent introduction / overview, check out this article, failing all that, try the glossary.

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1. LORICARIIDAE
Suckermouth Armoured Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Loricariidae
2. CALLICHTHYIDAE
Armoured Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Callichthyidae
3. PIMELODIDAE
South American Antennae Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Pimelodidae
4. MOCHOKIDAE
Upside Down Catfish
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Mochokidae
5. DORADIDAE
Talking Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Doradidae
6. BAGRIDAE
Asian Antennae Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Bagridae
7. AUCHENIPTERIDAE
Driftwood Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Auchenipteridae
8. PSEUDOPIMELODIDAE
Bumblebee Catfish
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Common member of the family pseudopimelodidae
9. CLARIIDAE
Walking Catfish
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Clariidae
10. SISORIDAE
Sisorid Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Sisoridae
11. ARIIDAE
Sea Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Ariidae
12. ASPREDINIDAE
Banjo Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Aspredinidae
13. SILURIDAE
Sheath Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Siluridae
14. ICTALURIDAE
North American Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Ictaluridae
15. AMBLYCIPITIDAE
Loach Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Amblycipitidae
16. PANGASIIDAE
Shark Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Pangasiidae
17. AKYSIDAE
Asian Stream Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Akysidae
18. CLAROTEIDAE
Claroteid Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Claroteidae
19. AMPHILIIDAE
African Hillstream Catfishes
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Common member of the family amphiliidae
20. SCHILBEIDAE
Schilbe Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Schilbeidae
21. HEPTAPTERIDAE
Three-barbeled catfish
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Common member of the family heptapteridae
22. CETOPSIDAE
Whale Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Cetopsidae
23. PLOTOSIDAE
Eel Tailed Catfish
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Plotosidae
24. ANCHARIIDAE
Madagascan Catfishes
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Common member of the family anchariidae
25. MALAPTERURIDAE
Electric Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Malapteruridae
26. CHACIDAE
Frogmouth Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Chacidae
27. TRICHOMYCTERIDAE
Parasitic Catfish
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Trichomycteridae
28. ASTROBLEPIDAE
South American Hillstream Catfish
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Astroblepidae
29. LACANTUNIIDAE
Lacantún catfishes
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Common member of the family lacantuniidae
30. SCOLOPLACIDAE
Spiny Dwarf Catfishes
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Artistic impression of typical member of the Scoloplacidae
31. HYPSIDORIDAE

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Common member of the family hypsidoridae
32. DIPLOMYSTIDAE
Patagonian Catfishes
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Common member of the family diplomystidae
33. CRANOGLANIDIDAE
Armour head Catfish, Chinese Catfish
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Common member of the family cranoglanididae
34. NEMATOGENYIDAE
Worm Catfishes
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Common member of the family nematogenyidae
35. HORABAGRIDAE

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Common member of the family horabagridae
36. ANDINICHTHYIDAE

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37. AUSTROGLANIDIDAE
Southern Rock Catfish
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Common member of the family austroglanididae
38. KRYPTOGLANIDAE

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Common member of the family kryptoglanidae
39. AILIIDAE

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Common member of the family ailiidae
40. PHREATOBIIDAE

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Common member of the family phreatobiidae
41. ASTEPHIDAE

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Common member of the family astephidae
42. HETEROPNEUSTIDAE

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Artistic impression of typical member of the Heteropneustidae
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