Where in the world?
The larger freshwater rivers, streams and lakes of the Amazon, Orinoco, and Essequibo river basins of South America.
Catfish are different from most fish because instead of scales, they have either armor-like bony plates or mucous-covered skin. Redtail Catfish are a type of ‘naked’ catfish, meaning that they don’t have the bony, defensive plates found on other catfish.
Redtail Catfish can live up to 20 years, grow to be about 6 feet in length and weigh up to 180 pounds.
Since these fish can grow to be so enormous, Redtail Catfish are considered a game fish by anglers.
Did you know?
It is said that some native tribes in the Amazon do not eat the meat of the Redtail Catfish because of its black coloration.