Cat-eLog Right Arrow Ictaluridae Right Arrow Pylodictis

Jump to next section 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.
Synonym(s) Silurus olivaris
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.
Jump to next section Species Information
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.
Sexing Unknown
Jump to next section Habitat Information
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)
North American Atlantic Drainages, Great Lakes, Lake Erie (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf Coast Drainages (click on these areas to find other species found there)

Log in to view species occurence data on a map.
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.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
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.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference 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
Registered Keepers Keeping this species? Why not .
There are 14 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
Wishlists Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
Spotters Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 3 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
More on Pylodictis olivaris
Look up AquaticRepublic.com Look up Pylodictis olivaris on AquaticRepublic.com
BBCode (use in forum posts)
(species permalink)
Look up Fishbase Look up Pylodictis olivaris on Fishbase
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.
Hits 34774 hits.
Last Update 2013 Jul 19 00:14 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)