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  • Ictalurus lupus
  • Ictalurus lupus
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Scientific Name Ictalurus lupus  (Girard, 1858)
Common Name Kildespringsmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Headwaters of Rio Pecos, Texas, U.S.A.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus lupus
Pronunciation ick tal oo russ - loo pus
Etymology Ictalurus: From the Greek ichthys, meaning fish, and ailouros, meaning cat; literally "fish cat" (=catfish). The specific epithet lupus means wolf. But, it is unclear why this name was chosen as this species does not have any outward lupine qualities - perhaps it is in reference to its feeding habits or other pack like behaviour.
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Size 450mm or 17.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Greatly resembles a small channel catfish, however, body lacks spots and the caudal fin is not deeply forked, the base of the anal fin is longer than the head length.
General Remarks Fishbase lists 480 mm TL.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution North America: USA to Rio Grande drainage including Pecos River system in southeast New Mexico and Devils River in southern Texas; also in northeastern Mexico.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Grande (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf Coast Drainages, Grande, Devils (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf Coast Drainages, Grande, Pecos (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Fishes Railroad Surv. - pp211
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Last Update 2007 Apr 14 01:11 (species record created: 2005 Jun 01 00:00)