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Ameiurus catus
(Linnaeus 1758)
Family Ictaluridae

Lateral view of two white catfishes
The photo above shows a white catfish collected in Alachua County, Florida, top, and one collected in Hillsborough County, Florida, bottom. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 237816 Bottom: UF 236280 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The white catfish is a member of the North America catfish family. This species has a dusky black adipose fin, and the caudal fin is shallowly forked. There is no large black blotch at the dorsal fin base. White catfish can be found in lakes and impoundments, and the pools and backwaters of small to large rivers.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central and Peninsula drainages
  • River Drainages — Perdido River, Escambia River, Yellow River, Choctawhatchee River, Econfina Creek, Apalachicola River, Ochlockonee River, minor Gulf tributaries, Suwannee River, Tampa Bay, the Myakka or Peace River, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River, the Everglades, St. John’s River and the St. Mary’s River
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