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catfish

To deceive someone by presenting a false identity, typically through online correspondence. The term comes from the documentary and subsequent TV show Catfish, which explore this phenomenon. Dude, you're definitely getting catfished. Those pictures that girl keeps sending you of "herself" are really of a model!
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An electrophoretic and multivariate morphometric comparison of the American catfishes Ictalurus lupus and I.
Catfishes are a major part of the fish fauna and support a significant commercial fishery.
Condition (K) of catfishes was determined by the formula:
Eight species of catfishes (4,796 individuals) were collected in 1983-1984 (Table 2), including six freshwater species (Ictaluridae) and two marine species (Ariidae).
Channel catfishes were rare in both August and September-October of 2000.
The drastic increase in salinity in 2000 resulted in a major reduction in the abundance of both species of catfishes in the lake.