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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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loricariidae
2.CALLICHTHYIDAE
Armoured Catfishes
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callichthyidae
3.PIMELODIDAE
South American Antennae Catfishes
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pimelodidae
4.MOCHOKIDAE
Upside Down Catfish
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mochokidae
5.DORADIDAE
Talking Catfishes
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doradidae
6.BAGRIDAE
Asian Antennae Catfishes
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bagridae
7.AUCHENIPTERIDAE
Driftwood Catfishes
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auchenipteridae
8.PSEUDOPIMELODIDAE
Bumblebee Catfish
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9.CLARIIDAE
Walking Catfish
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clariidae
10.SISORIDAE
Sisorid Catfishes
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sisoridae
11.ARIIDAE
Sea Catfishes
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ariidae
12.ASPREDINIDAE
Banjo Catfishes
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aspredinidae
13.SILURIDAE
Sheath Catfishes
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siluridae
14.ICTALURIDAE
North American Catfishes
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ictaluridae
15.AMBLYCIPITIDAE
Loach Catfishes
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amblycipitidae
16.PANGASIIDAE
Shark Catfishes
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pangasiidae
17.AKYSIDAE
Asian Stream Catfishes
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akysidae
18.CLAROTEIDAE
Claroteid Catfishes
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claroteidae
19.AMPHILIIDAE
African Hillstream Catfishes
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20.HEPTAPTERIDAE
Three-barbeled catfish
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21.SCHILBEIDAE
Schilbe Catfishes
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schilbeidae
22.CETOPSIDAE
Whale Catfishes
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cetopsidae
23.PLOTOSIDAE
Eel Tailed Catfish
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plotosidae
24.ANCHARIIDAE
Madagascan Catfishes
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25.MALAPTERURIDAE
Electric Catfishes
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malapteruridae
26.CHACIDAE
Frogmouth Catfishes
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chacidae
27.TRICHOMYCTERIDAE
Parasitic Catfish
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trichomycteridae
28.ASTROBLEPIDAE
South American Hillstream Catfish
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astroblepidae
29.SCOLOPLACIDAE
Spiny Dwarf Catfishes
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scoloplacidae
30.LACANTUNIIDAE
Chaipas Catfish
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31.HYPSIDORIDAE

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32.DIPLOMYSTIDAE
Patagonian Catfishes
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33.CRANOGLANIDIDAE
Armour head Catfish, Chinese Catfish
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34.NEMATOGENYIDAE
Worm Catfishes
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35.AILIIDAE

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36.KRYPTOGLANIDAE

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37.AUSTROGLANIDIDAE
Southern Rock Catfish
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38.ANDINICHTHYIDAE

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39.HORABAGRIDAE

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40.PHREATOBIIDAE

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