(2) Fletcher Stone (1) Michael
Verdirame (1) Scott
Large black blotch at dorsal fin base, flat head (not
always on larger individuals), longer anal fin, squared
off with more rays. Mottled appearance in some populations.
Most often confused with the Snail Bullhead (Ameiurus
Bullhead's however will have a slightly longer anal
fin with more rays.(Aldridge, Tim 2021). Habitat:
Adults are usually in slow-water areas of small to
large rivers (sometimes large creeks) with soft mud,
muck, sand, or rock bottoms covered with organic detritus
(Lee et al. 1980, Page and Burr 2011). Younger individuals
tend to be in smaller clearer streams (Jenkins and
Burkhead 1994). This bullhead also occurs in lakes,
ponds, and impoundments. Diet: Feeds
on aquatic insects, small fishes, and snails.
Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain from Roanoke River
drainage in Virginia, USA to Altamaha River drainage
in Georgia, USA.
M. and L.M. Page, 2003. Phylogenetic relationships
among bullhead catfishes of the genus Ameiurus (Siluriformes:
Ictaluridae). Copeia 2003(1):20-33. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2019. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 04/2019 ). NatureServe 2013. Ameiurus platycephalus.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013. Ameiurus platycephalus (Girard,
1859) Observed in United States of America by Fletcher
Stone. GBIF.org Ameiurus platycephalus (Girard,
1859) Observed in United States of America by Michael
Verdirame. GBIF.org Aldridge, Tim. pers. comm. 2021.