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More than 1,000 Catfish Species Are Venomous

• LiveScience
At least 1,250 species of catfish are venomous, a new study finds.

Most catfish use their venom for defense. Some in North America can inflict a sting that humans notice. Elsewhere in the world, a few catfish species can even kill humans.

The new count of venomous catfish — which may be more than 1,600, the scientists estimate — is much higher than thought. 

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