Similar looking to Ictalurus furcatus and
I. punctatus but differs in that it has 24
or fewer anal fin rays (vs usually more that 24).
It differs from other catfishes in having a moderately
forked caudal fin (vs. caudal fin squarish, rounded,
or slightly emarginate). Colouration:
Body blue-black and frquently mottled, although no
discrete black spots along sides. Fins lightly coloured,
without dusky borders. Habitat: Found
in Sluggish, mud-bottomed pools, open channels, and
backwaters of small to large rivers; also in lakes
and impoundments. Diet: Feeds on
wide variety of fishes, insects and crustaceans.
Ictalurus catus, Silurus
Atlantic and Gulf coast drainages from Hudson River
to Pascagoula River, Mississippi; introduced elsewhere.
95.0cm. (38ins) TL.
M. and L.M. Page, 2003. Phylogenetic relationships
among bullhead catfishes of the genus Ameiurus (Siluriformes:
Ictaluridae). Copeia 2003(1):20-33. Robinson, W. Henry and Buchanan M. Thomas,
1945. (reprint 1984) Fishes of Arkansas. The University
of Arkansas Press. 536.p. www.inaturalist.org/photos/13853391 www.inaturalist.org/photos/13853308