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Channel catfish

Catfish Taste Receptors

Did you know that channel catfish have one of the most highly developed senses of taste of all of North Dakota’s fishes? While taste buds are most abundant near the mouth and on its barbels (whiskers), the entire body of a channel catfish is covered in taste receptors.

These taste receptors are especially adept at detecting proteins dissolved in water from potential food sources as well as from other catfish, a very useful adaptation for locating food and potential mates in the murky waters these fish frequently inhabit.

Channel catfish are aptly nicknamed “swimming tongues” and, when you have one in your hands, they are likely getting a good taste of you!