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Channel Catfish Key Terms

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barbels
Long, whisker-like appendages growing from the snout of a fish. Channel catfish barbels are covered in sensors that allow them to taste their environment and thus detect food or predators.
spawn
To reproduce by depositing eggs.
brackish
Containing more salt than freshwater, but less than seawater
parental care
The amount of energy invested in caring for offspring. Types of parental care include providing food and protection from predators. Channel catfish males protect developing eggs from predation, although they may at times consume some of the eggs for their own nutrition.
turbid
Unclear or muddy. Turbidity describes the amount of particles in water which decrease the ability of light to penetrate into deeper layers.
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