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

Genus: Ictalurus

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Central America

Ictalurus australis (Meek, 1904)

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



Central America

Ictalurus balsanus (Jordan & Snyder, 1899)

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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)

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Ictalurus furcatus
[Blue catfish]



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

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Ictalurus lupus
[Headwater catfish]
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Max. Length 73 cm SL

 
Ictalurus meridionalis
[Southern blue catfish]
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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)

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Ictalurus pricei
[Yaqui catfish]



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

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Ictalurus punctatus
[Channel catfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
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



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