Record-Breaking Little Catfish

June 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Whether big or small, we take every opportunity to learn about all the animals in our collection. When one of our long-time resident Margined madtom catfish (Noturus insignis) recently passed away, we did some research and learned that this little fish was a record holder for the largest individual of its species in Virginia.  It broke the length record by more than 30 millimeters and had a total length of 211 millimeters.  That is just over 8 5/16 inches!  It is interesting how a relatively small fish can stand out among its state “school.”  In addition, it is a credit to our aquarists for providing the highest quality of care so the animals can live long and healthy lives and grow to be champions.

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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