|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ameiurus serracanthus (Yerger & Relyea, 1968)|
|Common Names||Spotted Bullhead
Hvidplettet Dværgmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||N. shore of Lake Talquin, 6.8 mi. west-southwest of Ochlockonee R., Gadsden Co., Florida, U.S.A.|
|Pronunciation||Ai MEE you russ|
|Etymology||Ameiurus: ''curtailed'' refers to the lack of a deep notch in the caudal fin. This specific epithet, serracanthus, refers to the serrated pectoral spine.|
|Size||280mm or 11" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||One of the easier ictalurids to recognize. It has a relatively dark body with many small bold white spots which no other bullhead has. The upper jaw is longer than the lower jaw. Caudal fin and the relatively short rounded anal fin have a distinct narrow black margin. Not to be confused with the southern mottled form of Ameiurus nebulosus.|
|Sexing||Females are much fuller bodied during breeding season. This occurs during early spring.|
|General Remarks||A spectacular looking fish. A great catfish to keep for those looking for a smaller predatory fish.|
|Distribution||Northern section of Florida to southern Georgia in the south eastern USA. In the wild it has a limited distribution and is not commonly found even in its own range.
North American Atlantic Drainages, Florida waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
North American Atlantic Drainages, Southern Georgia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.6 - 8.4|
|Temperature||15.0-24.0°C or 59-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Very tolerant generally even towards brackish water.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous. Diet includes fish, aquatic invertebrates and some green matter.|
|Furniture||A sand substrate with stones and large piece of driftwood to hide under during the day is very desirable.|
|Compatibility||Social with most anything they can not swallow, to be on the safe side do not house with anything less than half it's own size.|
|Breeding||Not known in the aquarium.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Copeia1968 (no. 2) - pp373 - Fig. 4
A Field Guide To Freshwater Fishes North America
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium
American Aquarium Fishes
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|Last Update||2013 Sep 17 13:54 (species record created: 2003 Aug 23 00:00)|