I’d like to share one of the many interesting fishes in the Philippines, Pantat (in the local dialect) or Catfish.

Catfishes are named such because of their whiskers resembling those of the cats. Their body are slimy and colored, usually, ranges from gray to black. But some are lighter colored. They are under the phylum Chordata, class Actinopteryygii under the order Siluriformes.

In the Philippines, Catfishes are usually farm-raised for food. In fact, there’s one place in Davao City, Mintal area, where one can see a street lined by Pantat restaurants. The local settlers are calling the area Hito-an. Hito is the Filipino name of Pantat.