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walk′ing cat′fish(n.)

  1. an Asian catfish, Clarias batrachus, that can move overland between bodies of water: introduced into Florida.

    Category: Ichthyology

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  1. Walking catfish

    The walking catfish is a species of freshwater airbreathing catfish native to Southeast Asia, but also introduced outside its native range where considered an invasive species. It is named for its ability to "walk" across dry land, to find food or suitable environments. While it does not truly walk as most bipeds or quadrupeds do, it has the ability to use its pectoral fins to keep it upright as it makes a sort of wiggling motion with snakelike movements. It can survive using this form of locomotion as long as it stays moist. This fish normally lives in slow-moving and often stagnant waters in ponds, swamps, streams and rivers, flooded rice paddies or temporary pools which may dry up. When this happens, its "walking" skill allows the fish to move to other sources of water. Considerably taxonomic confusion surrounds this species and it has frequently been confused with other close relatives.

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