European catfish

European catfish, lives up to 80 year in the wild. Size reportedly up to 5 m and 300 kg, usually up to about 2 m and 80 kg. A nocturnal predator, feeding near bottom and in water column.

European catfish

Foto: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE (European Catfish (Silurus glanis)) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A nocturnal predator, feeding near bottom and in water column. Larvae and juveniles benthic and negatively phototactic, feeding on a wide variety of invertebrates and fish. Adults feed on fish and other aquatic vertebrates.Very sensitive to extra-aquatic sounds. In spawning sites, males defend small territories and build nests of plant material, dig shallow depressions or clean spawning substrate such as willow roots.. Nests are defended by males until larvae emerge.