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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ictaluridae North American freshwater catfishes

Genus: Ameiurus

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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]



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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



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