Ameiurus catus  (Linnaeus, 1758)

White catfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Ictaluridae (North American freshwater catfishes)
Etymology: Ameiurus: Greek, a = without + Greek, meiouros, -os, -on = without tail (Ref. 45335);  catus: catus, meaning cat (Ref. 10294).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; demersal; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 10 - ? m.   Subtropical, preferred ?; 46°N - 27°N

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North America: Rivers of the Atlantic coastal states of USA from Florida to New York.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 95.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 30.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 9.8 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 14 years (Ref. 72508)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Sluggish, mud-bottomed pools, open channels, and backwaters of small to large rivers; also in lakes and impoundments. Feeds on wide variety of fishes, insects and crustaceans (Ref. 27549).

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Hardman, M. and L.M. Page, 2003. Phylogenetic relationships among bullhead catfishes of the genus Ameiurus (Siluriformes: Ictaluridae). Copeia 2003(1):20-33. (Ref. 54507)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Gamefish: yes
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