|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pylodictis olivaris (Rafinesque, 1818)|
|Common Names||Flat Head Catfish
Appaloosa Catfish, Appaluchion, Fladhovedet Dværgmalle (Denmark), Flat Belly Catfish, Goujon, Mississippi Catfish, Mud Catfish, North American Flathead Catfish, Tabby Catfish, Yellow Catfish
|Type Locality||Ohio R., U.S.A.|
|Pronunciation||pie low dik tuss - olive ARR iss|
|Etymology||Pylodictis: From the Greek, pelos, meaning mud, and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the habit. The specific epithet, olivaris, means olive coloured.|
|Size||1530mm or 60.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Unique looking among North American catfish, the hands down ugliest one. The current rod and reel record from Elk City Reservoir in Kansas stands at 123 pounds. Commercial fishermen have recorded flatheads at five feet long and 140 pounds.|
|Distribution||Native to the southern Great Lakes, Mississippi basin, and Gulf slope drainage systems. Introduced to the Atlantic drainage systems and in California.
North American Atlantic Drainages, Great Lakes, Lake Michigan (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||10.0-23.0°C or 50-73.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Prefers large deep rivers. It also tolerates turbidity well. At night, it moves into shallows to feed. They rest in deep pools during the day under logs and cut banks. This fish prefers hard sand and gravel substrates.|
|Feeding||Crayfish, clams, and especially other fishes.|
|Furniture||Not a fish for the home aquarium.|
|Compatibility||Anything it can not swallow. This is North America's fourth largest fish after the blue catfish.|
|Breeding||A saucer-shaped depression is excavated and thousands of eggs are laid in a yellow mass. The males guards and fans the eggs.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Am. Monthly Mag. Crit. Rev.v. 3 (5) (Sept. 1818) - pp355
A Field Guide To Freshwater Fishes North America
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium
American Aquarium Fishes
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 00:14 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|