There are three species of sailfin catfish in Florida: the vermiculated sailfin catfish, the Orinoco sailfin catfish and the Amazon sailfin catfish. These species have a very large dorsal fins with one spine and between 10 and 14 branched rays. These three species readily hybridize and only differ in color pattern. Sailfin catfishes can be found in canals, creeks, small rivers, springs and lakes. They’re often found near vegetation and woody debris.
Status & distribution
- Status — Non-indigenous freshwater
- Florida Distribution — Western and North Central and Peninsula drainages
- River Drainages — Suwannee River, Withlacoochee River, Tampa Bay, the Myakka or Peace River, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River, the Everglades, Indian River and the St. John’s River