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Black Bullhead, Ameiurus melas

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Short description of Ameiurus melas, Black Bullhead

Known as the black bullhead; a 'bullhead catfish' (family Ictaluridae) not related to native bullheads. All GB Ameiurus are A. melas, therefore records of A. nebulosus (brown bullhead) are incorrect.

Description of Ameiurus melas, Black Bullhead status in GB

Black bullhead is established locally in England. Considered to be spreading along rivers though few confirmed records.

Habitat summary: Ameiurus melas, Black Bullhead

In GB, ponds and lakes. More widely, ponds, backwaters, and sluggish waters over soft substrates in small, medium and large rivers. Can survive in a range of waters, including those which are low in oxygen, brackish, turbid and/or very warm.

Overview table

Environment: Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Mexico, Eastern United States, South Eastern Canada
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Date of first record: 1885

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Black Bullhead

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Dr. David Hubble

Last updated:

March 30th, 2011

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