Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)
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1325 Litres (350 US G.)
40-48 cm (15.7-18.9")
6.0 - 8.0
5-21.7°C (41 -71 °F)
- Bullhead Catfish, Bull's Mouth, Yellow Catfish, Butter Catfish, White Whiskered Bullhead, Yellow Belly Catfish, Yellow Bullhead
Additional scientific names
- Ictalurus natalis, Pimelodus natalis
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Found in slow-moving water throughout North and Central America.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Most females have a noticeably larger anal fin. This may or not be present in juveniles.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- This fish can be aggressive, but only to fish larger than itself. Smaller fish will disappear overnight.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Commercial flake food, bloodworms, lean meats, fish, and worms are favorites of the bullhead.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- A coldwater fish, hardy and can survive in outdoor ponds in temperate regions.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- These fish are mainly nocturnal, but may be active during the day.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- This fish is elongate and rounded in shape with small fins and a rounded caudal fin. It has small eyes, a large head and an equally large mouth complete with several sets of barbels. A Yellow Bullhead's "beard" (those 4 barbels on the lower jaw) is yellow-to-white in colour. This is a clear distinction from the related Ameiurus melas (Black Bullhead) and Ameiurus nebulosus (Brown Bullhead). The body of a Yellow Bullhead is a deep red-brown in colour with a paler cream-yellow belly.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )