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|Scientific Name||Ameiurus catus (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Common Names||North American White Catfish
Hvid Dværgmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||"Northern part of North America".|
|Synonym(s)||Ictalurus catus, Silurus catus|
|Pronunciation||Ai MEE you russ - cat uss|
|Etymology||Ameiurus: ''curtailed'' refers to the lack of a deep notch in the caudal fin. catus: cat|
|Size||590mm or 23.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Sometimes confused with the Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. The white catfish has 22-24 anal rays while the channel cat has 25-28. The white catfish is sort of on the cusp, showing characteristics of both Ictalurus and Ameiurus.|
|Sexing||The dorsum of breeding males is a dark gray.|
|Distribution||Native to the Atlantic drainage systems of the U.S. Now transplanted to many other states including California and Nevada.
North American Atlantic Drainages (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.6 - 8.6|
|Temperature||10.0-23.0°C or 50-73.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Very tolerant of brackish water. These fish are often found near deltas where a river meets the sea. The pictured fish was captured in the York River, Virginia just a few miles upstream from the ocean.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous. Diet includes fish, aquatic inverts and some green matter.|
|Furniture||Sand substrate with logs and stones to provide hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Sociable with anything they can not swallow.|
|Breeding||Not accomplished in the aquarium. Suggest overwintering in a pond. Move the fish indoors to a large tank in the spring. The male will dig a nest and the fish should spawn as the water is gently warmed over a few days to 21C. Since they are sexually mature at six inches, this would be a good candidate for the expert looking to try something new.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Systema Naturae, Ed. X v. 1, pp 305.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 17 13:47 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|