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Event: Double Common Strike!

Published: 5/16/2024 12:59:00 PM

Anglers, fishing enthusiasts, and gamers from across the world, step right up into the world of fishing curiosities! Today, we’re presenting not one but two fish and their fascinating ways of being! The Double Common Strike event is back, as it should be! It wouldn’t be a double if it happened only once!

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Today’s Double Common Strike is about two fish, the Bulldog and the Zambezi Electric Catfish, both of which found their home in the Victoria Falls fishery. Let’s open our fish encyclopedias and take a look at these magnificent creatures!

The Bulldog’s species name is marcusenius macrolepidotus and the Zambezi’s Electric Catfish goes by malapterurus shirensis. They’re both freshwater species found in the waters of Africa and though they belong to different families, these fish share several key similarities in their adaptations to African freshwater environments. Both species are found in overlapping geographic regions, such as the Congo River basin, and thrive in similar ecological conditions characterized by variable water flow and diverse aquatic vegetation. What’s curious about these two is that they’re both species that have evolved electroreception capabilities. The Bulldog generates weak electric fields for navigation, communication, and prey detection in murky waters, while our Zambezi Electric Catfish produces strong electric shocks used primarily for predation and defense. This reliance on electric signals highlights the evolutionary importance of electroreception in their respective ecological niches.

Additionally, both species exhibit nocturnal behavior, being most active at night. The bulldog fish uses its electric field to navigate and hunt in the dark, while the electric catfish utilizes its electric discharge to locate and stun prey. This nocturnal lifestyle helps them avoid daytime predators and exploit the abundance of nocturnal prey, enhancing their survival and reproductive success. Both species play crucial roles in their ecosystems: marcusenius macrolepidotus controls insect and invertebrate populations, and malapterurus shirensis regulates smaller fish and invertebrate populations, thereby maintaining ecological balance. These shared traits underscore their adaptive strategies to thrive in the dynamic environments of African freshwater systems.

So, let’s also take a look at their characteristic, starting with our Bulldog!

Length: Can grow up to 35 cm (about 14 inches) in length.
Weight: On average, it weighs around 250 grams (about 0.55 pounds), though this can vary based on age, health, and environmental conditions.
Speed: Detailed measurements of its swimming speed are not well-documented. However, like other elephantfish, it is not known for high speed but rather for agility and maneuverability, aided by its ability to navigate using electric signals.

How does our Electric Catfish look in comparison?

Length: Can grow up to 100 cm (about 39 inches) in length.
Weight: It can weigh up to 20 kg (about 44 pounds), though this can vary depending on the individual and environmental conditions.
Speed: Detailed measurements of its swimming speed are not well-documented. Malapterurus shirensis is not particularly known for speed but rather for its ability to produce electric shocks for predation and defense, which compensates for any lack of high-speed swimming capabilities.

Now, which of these would win in a fight? Well, hopefully, it never comes to such a scenario!

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