Freshwater Catfish (Clarias batrachus)


clarius sp

native hito

Common Name:   Walking Catfish, 

Local Name:  Native Hito (Tagalog);  ??? (Cebuano)

Max Size:  47 cm

Biodiversity:  Freshwater

Depth:  0 – ? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  none

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Worms, liver, stinkbaits

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

This is called Native Hito or Hito Tagalog by the locals.

There is another kind of catfish that is common here as well, which are basically the same in appearance except that they are grey in color and usually a bit larger.  These are the “African Hito,” which were apparently imported for the aquaculture industry.  Though they are larger they apparently do not taste as good as their smaller endemic relatives.


philippine catfish

Posted on June 9, 2011, in Catfish (Hito). Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. To all AFRICAN HITO expert including DA, BFAR……gud day po sa inyong lahat. nais ko pong mag culture ng African Hito nitong January 2015. gusto ko pong malaman kung paano mag formulate ng 50kgs feeds para di ko gaanong magasto sa commercial feeds. Ito lang po ang available raw materials sming lugar
    A. Trash Fish
    Rice Bran
    Green leaves(kangkong / kamote leaves / kamoteng kahoy leaves)

    B. Trash Fish
    Chicken Entrails
    Chicken Blood
    Rice Bran
    Green leaves(kangkong / kamote leaves / kamoteng kahoy leaves)

    Trash fish and Chicken entrails ay di gaanong karamihan kung kayat through mix with other materials nlang ko. Tanx and more power to all of you.
    pls send to my yahoomail


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