Meet The Largest Freshwater Fish In Europe

There appears to be no definitive answer. Some scientists bestow the honour on the Wels catfish (a 127kg individual was caught in Italy in 2015); others claim the title belongs to the Beluga sturgeon.

The Wels catfish was introduced to English rivers in 1880
The Wels catfish was introduced to English rivers in 1880

Still others nominate the mangar, a little-known relative of the common barbel and a voracious predator whose name translates as ‘pike-like wolf barb’. This behemoth inhabits the Tigris-Euphrates river system, and is the biggest freshwater fish in Turkey – one caught in 2001 apparently weighed in at 111kg.

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