Barbels

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Barbels

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The locals call all catfish barbels. This attrocity ocurred in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Any ideas as to which species this is? The Yellow-billed Storks caught about 100 of these in a drying pool. They were about 10 to 12 inches long (25 cm +). I wish I could have brought several live ones home with me.

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Post by Silurus »

These look like Clarias gariepinus. What you observed seems to be a pretty common phenomenon in southern Africa (I have seen at least two documentary footages that document this).
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Post by MatsP »

Silurus is a little bit too fast for me, I came up with the same answer [probably because I had to figure out which one of the Clarias spp. that was common in Africa, rather than just going straight for the right one...]

As to bringing these into the US, I wouldn't recommend it. They are escape artists (they can WALK between waters), and wouldn't be a good addition to the local fish-fauna - they tend to eat all other fish...

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Wow, they get big! And they have a very wide distribution. Thanks for the I.D. There were also pelicans and fish eagles feeding on these. It was quite a sight to see.
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Nice photos, Greggo!! :D
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I am with Amanda. Brilliant photos.
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The pics look great :D Excellent quality.
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Thanks for the compliments on the photos. Here are a few more I've converted. You can see that the C. gariepinus does not look very happy. :lol:

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Post by Jools »

Greggo wrote:Image
You know, this one should be in the cat-elog with a brief caption to what's going on.

Greggo,

If agreeable, would you be able to email me the pic full size?

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Post by racoll »

I'm surprised those storks can fly after a meal that size!

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Great picures. Really vivid colours.
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