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Family: Ictaluridae North American freshwater catfishes



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North America
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Ameiurus brunneus Jordan, 1877

Photo by Photo by Casten, L.
 
Ameiurus brunneus
[Snail bullhead]



North America
Max. Length 95 cm TL
Ameiurus catus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Crippen, C.
 
Ameiurus catus
[White catfish]



North America
Max. Length 66 cm TL
Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque, 1820)

Photo by Photo by Divino, J.N.
 
Ameiurus melas
[Black bullhead]



North America
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Ameiurus natalis (Lesueur, 1819)

Photo by Photo by Scarola, J.F.
 
Ameiurus natalis
[Yellow bullhead]



North America
Max. Length 55 cm TL
Ameiurus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)

Photo by Photo by Zienert, S.
 
Ameiurus nebulosus
[Brown bullhead]



North America
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Ameiurus platycephalus (Girard, 1859)

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF
 
Ameiurus platycephalus
[Flat bullhead]



North America
Max. Length 28 cm TL
Ameiurus serracanthus (Yerger & Relyea, 1968)

Photo by Photo by Burkhead, N.
 
Ameiurus serracanthus
[Spotted bullhead]



Central America

Ictalurus australis (Meek, 1904)

Photo by Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ictalurus australis
[Pánuco catfish]



Central America

Ictalurus balsanus (Jordan & Snyder, 1899)

Photo by Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ictalurus balsanus
[Balsas catfish]



Central America

Ictalurus dugesii (Bean, 1880)

Photo by Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ictalurus dugesii
[Lerma catfish]



North America
Max. Length 165 cm TL
Ictalurus furcatus (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Photo by Lyons, J.
 
Ictalurus furcatus
[Blue catfish]



North America
Max. Length 48 cm TL
Ictalurus lupus (Girard, 1858)

Photo by Photo by Sneegas, G.W.
 
Ictalurus lupus
[Headwater catfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 73 cm SL

 
Ictalurus meridionalis
[Southern blue catfish]
No picture found


 
Ictalurus mexicanus
[Rio Verde catfish]



Central America

Ictalurus ochoterenai (de Buen, 1946)

Photo by Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ictalurus ochoterenai
[Chapala catfish]



North America
Max. Length 57 cm TL
Ictalurus pricei (Rutter, 1896)

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Ictalurus pricei
[Yaqui catfish]



North America
Max. Length 132 cm TL
Ictalurus punctatus (Rafinesque, 1818)

Photo by Photo by Pauly, D.
 
Ictalurus punctatus
[Channel catfish]



North America
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Noturus albater Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus albater
[Ozark madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 7.3 cm TL

 
Noturus baileyi
[Smoky madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.5 cm SL

 
Noturus crypticus
[Chucky madtom]



North America
Max. Length 7.4 cm TL
Noturus elegans Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus elegans
[Elegant madtom]



North America
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Noturus eleutherus Jordan, 1877

Photo by Photo by Tumlison, R.
 
Noturus eleutherus
[Mountain madtom]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus exilis Nelson, 1876

Photo by Photo by Lyons, J.
 
Noturus exilis
[Slender madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.5 cm TL

 
Noturus fasciatus
[Saddled madtom]



North America
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Noturus flavater Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Noturus flavater
[Checkered madtom]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus flavipinnis Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF
 
Noturus flavipinnis
[Yellowfin madtom]



North America
Max. Length 31 cm TL
Noturus flavus Rafinesque, 1818

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Noturus flavus
[Stonecat]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus funebris Gilbert & Swain, 1891

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus funebris
[Black madtom]



North America
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Noturus furiosus Jordan & Meek, 1889

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Noturus furiosus
[Carolina madtom]



North America
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Noturus gilberti Jordan & Evermann, 1889

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus gilberti
[Orangefin madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.7 cm SL

 
Noturus gladiator
[Piebald madtom]



North America
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Noturus gyrinus (Mitchill, 1817)

Photo by Photo by Thomas, C.
 
Noturus gyrinus
[Tadpole madtom]



North America
Max. Length 6.9 cm TL
Noturus hildebrandi (Bailey & Taylor, 1950)

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus hildebrandi
[Least madtom]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus insignis (Richardson, 1836)

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus insignis
[Margined madtom]



North America
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Noturus lachneri Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Tumlison, R.
 
Noturus lachneri
[Ouachita madtom]



North America
Max. Length 9.4 cm TL
Noturus leptacanthus Jordan, 1877

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus leptacanthus
[Speckled madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.1 cm SL

 
Noturus maydeni
[Black River madtom]



North America
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Noturus miurus Jordan, 1877

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Noturus miurus
[Brindled madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.5 cm TL

 
Noturus munitus
[Frecklebelly madtom]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus nocturnus Jordan & Gilbert, 1886

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus nocturnus
[Freckled madtom]



North America
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Noturus phaeus Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Page, L.M.
 
Noturus phaeus
[Brown madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.7 cm TL

 
Noturus placidus
[Neosho madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 4.2 cm TL

 
Noturus stanauli
[Pygmy madtom]



North America
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Noturus stigmosus Taylor, 1969

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Noturus stigmosus
[Northern madtom]



North America
Max. Length 7.7 cm TL
Noturus taylori Douglas, 1972

Photo by Photo by Tumlison, R.
 
Noturus taylori
[Caddo madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.1 cm TL

 
Noturus trautmani
[Scioto madtom]
No picture found

Max. Length 4.5 cm SL

 
Prietella lundbergi
[Phantom blindcat]



Central America

Prietella phreatophila Carranza, 1954

Photo by Photo by Contreras-Balderas, S.
 
Prietella phreatophila
[Mexican blindcat]



North America
Max. Length 155 cm TL
Pylodictis olivaris (Rafinesque, 1818)

Photo by Photo by Østergaard, T.
 
Pylodictis olivaris
[Flathead catfish]



North America
Max. Length 13.7 cm TL
Satan eurystomus Hubbs & Bailey, 1947

Photo by Photo by Thomas, C.
 
Satan eurystomus
[Widemouth blindcat]



North America
Max. Length 10.4 cm TL
Trogloglanis pattersoni Eigenmann, 1919

Photo by Photo by Sneegas, G.W.
 
Trogloglanis pattersoni
[Toothless blindcat]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ameiurus brunneus Snail bullhead North America 29 TL 1877
Ameiurus catus White catfish North America 95 TL 1758
Ameiurus melas Black bullhead North America 66 TL 1820
Ameiurus natalis Yellow bullhead North America 60 TL 1819
Ameiurus nebulosus Brown bullhead North America 55 TL 1819
Ameiurus platycephalus Flat bullhead North America 29 TL 1859
Ameiurus serracanthus Spotted bullhead North America 28 TL 1968
Ictalurus australis Pánuco catfish Central America 1904
Ictalurus balsanus Balsas catfish Central America 1899
Ictalurus dugesii Lerma catfish Central America 1880
Ictalurus furcatus Blue catfish North America 165 TL 1840
Ictalurus lupus Headwater catfish North America 48 TL 1858
Ictalurus meridionalis Southern blue catfish Central America 73 SL 1864
Ictalurus mexicanus Rio Verde catfish Central America 1904
Ictalurus ochoterenai Chapala catfish Central America 1946
Ictalurus pricei Yaqui catfish North America 57 TL 1896
Ictalurus punctatus Channel catfish North America 132 TL 1818
Noturus albater Ozark madtom North America 12 TL 1969
Noturus baileyi Smoky madtom North America 7.3 TL 1969
Noturus crypticus Chucky madtom North America 6.5 SL 2005
Noturus elegans Elegant madtom North America 7.4 TL 1969
Noturus eleutherus Mountain madtom North America 13 TL 1877
Noturus exilis Slender madtom North America 15 TL 1876
Noturus fasciatus Saddled madtom North America 8.5 TL 2005
Noturus flavater Checkered madtom North America 18 TL 1969
Noturus flavipinnis Yellowfin madtom North America 15 TL 1969
Noturus flavus Stonecat North America 31 TL 1818
Noturus funebris Black madtom North America 15 TL 1891
Noturus furiosus Carolina madtom North America 12 TL 1889
Noturus gilberti Orangefin madtom North America 10 TL 1889
Noturus gladiator Piebald madtom North America 10.7 SL 2004
Noturus gyrinus Tadpole madtom North America 13 TL 1817
Noturus hildebrandi Least madtom North America 6.9 TL 1950
Noturus insignis Margined madtom North America 15 TL 1836
Noturus lachneri Ouachita madtom North America 10 TL 1969
Noturus leptacanthus Speckled madtom North America 9.4 TL 1877
Noturus maydeni Black River madtom North America 8.1 SL 2006
Noturus miurus Brindled madtom North America 13 TL 1877
Noturus munitus Frecklebelly madtom North America 9.5 TL 1965
Noturus nocturnus Freckled madtom North America 15 TL 1886
Noturus phaeus Brown madtom North America 15 TL 1969
Noturus placidus Neosho madtom North America 8.7 TL 1969
Noturus stanauli Pygmy madtom North America 4.2 TL 1980
Noturus stigmosus Northern madtom North America 13 TL 1969
Noturus taylori Caddo madtom North America 7.7 TL 1972
Noturus trautmani Scioto madtom North America 6.1 TL 1969
Prietella lundbergi Phantom blindcat North America 4.5 SL 1995
Prietella phreatophila Mexican blindcat Central America 1954
Pylodictis olivaris Flathead catfish North America 155 TL 1818
Satan eurystomus Widemouth blindcat North America 13.7 TL 1947
Trogloglanis pattersoni Toothless blindcat North America 10.4 TL 1919



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