Ictalurus furcatus

Ictalurus furcatus
Blue Catfish – Ictalurus furcatus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
IctaluridaeIctalurus furcatus(Lesueur)1840Blue Catfish

Ictalurus furcatus

Unique Characters: Deeply forked caudal fin. Anal fin margin straight and with 30 or more rays. No spots on the body.

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Ictalurus furcatus anal and caudal fins

Similar Species

Channel Catfish
Ictalurus punctatus

White Catfish
Ameiurus catus

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Ictalurus punctatus anal and caudal fins
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Ameiurus catus anal and caudal fin

Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus.  Caudal fin deeply forked.  Anal fin with 25-28 rays.  Typically black spots on the body.

White Catfish Ameiurus catus. Moderately forked caudal fin. Anal fin margin rounded.

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