Flathead Catfish


Other Common Names:

Shovelhead cat, mud cat, yellow cat, blue cat, Mississippi cat


Scientific Name:

Pylodictis olivaris



Feeds on fish, especially bullheads



Prefers sluggish rivers with deep pools and hard bottoms



Average length is 20 to30 inches



Dark to olive brown with dark brownish mottlings on sides; anal fin is very short and tail fin is square or slightly notched; head broad and flat


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

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History

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



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