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Striped catfish

(Plotosus lineatus)

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Description

Plotosus lineatus can reach a maximum length of 32 cm (13 in).The body is brown with cream-colored or white longitudinal bands.The most striking feature of this species is in the fins,in fact the second dorsal,caudal and anal are fused together as in eels.In the rest of the body is quite similar to a freshwater catfish: the mouth is surrounded by four pairs of barbels,four on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw.The first dorsal and each of the pectoral fins have a highly venomous spine.They may even be fatal.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Siluriformes
Family:Plotosidae
Genus:Plotosus
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