Striped Eel Catfish

Preview Striped eel catfish are the only species of catfish found in coral reefs.
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When most people think of catfish, they think of a freshwater fish. But the striped eel catfish (Plotosus lineatus) is found in marine systems including coral reefs, estuaries, tide pools and other coastal areas of the Indo-Western Pacific. The juveniles of the fish school in groups of up to 100, while the adults tend to stick to themselves or in smaller groups. Watch out for their spines: they contain a dangerous venom that can even prove fatal to humans in rare cases! 

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