Black Bullhead


Other Common Names:

Bullhead, common bullhead, yellow-belly bullhead, small bullhead, horned pout, brown catfish, catfish, stinger, river snapper


Scientific Name:

Ameiurus melas



Feeds at night on insects, crayfish, worms, small fish



More tolerant than other catfish of muddy water, soft bottoms, and pollution



Average length is 7 to 9 inches



Dark olive to black with a belly of white to bright yellow; tail fin is slightly notched with a light band at its base


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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