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Ictalurus lupus (Girard, 1858)

Image contributors to this species:

Garold W. Sneegas (1) 

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

Short pectoral fin spines, anal fin rays 22-27, caudal fin less forked than other members of this genera. Inhabits sandy and rocky riffles, runs and pools of clear creeks and small rivers and also springs. Greatly resembles a small channel catfish, however, body lacks spots and the caudal fin is not deeply forked, the base of the anal fin is longer than the head length.

Common Name:

Headwater catfish


Pimelodus lupus




North America: USA to Rio Grande drainage including Pecos River system in southeast New Mexico and Devils River in southern Texas; also in northeastern Mexico. Type locality: Headwaters of Rio Pecos, Texas.


40cm. (14ins)


15 -23°C (57-73°F)


6.0 -7.5.


McClanes, A.J. (ed.) 1974 Field guide to freshwater fishes of North America. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York. 212 p.
The Audubon Society Field guide to North American Fishes, Whales & Dolphins. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 848 p.



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