Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)

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Yellow Bullhead

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Bullhead Catfish

Ameiurus natalis

1325 Litres (350 US G.)

40-48 cm (15.7-18.9")




6.0 - 8.0

5-21.7°C (41 -71 °F)

6-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

15-18 years



Additional names

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.

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