Ameiurus platycephalus

Ameiurus platycephalus
Flat Bullhead – Ameiurus platycephalus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
IctaluridaeAmeiurus platycephalus(Girard)1859Flat Bullhead

Ameiurus platycephalus

Unique Characters: Large black blotch across base of dorsal fin. Chin barbels white; maxillary barbel is bicolored, pale on the leading edge and dark posteriorly. Longer and relatively straight anal fin with 22-24 rays. Relatively straight snout profile..

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Ameiurus platycephalus anal fin

Similar Species: Snail Bullhead Ameiurus brunneus. Large black blotch across dorsal fin base. Chin barbels usually dark; maxillary barbel is dark and uniformly pigmented. Short and rounded anal fin with 17-20 rays. Rounded snout profile with extreme “overbite”.

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Ameiurus brunneus head and barbels

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