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Hardhead Catfish: Arius Felis


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Appearance:
Body brownish to gray-green, with a white to yellowish belly
Three prominent, sharp spines (one at beginning of dorsal fin and one on each pectoral fin)
Spines do not have fleshy filaments
Four barbels on chin
Barbels at corner of mouth (shorter than head and not flat)
Similar Species: Gafftopsail catfish, B. marinus (has two chin barbels and spines with long filaments)
Size: Up to 24 inches (12 pounds)
Habitat:
Continental waters; enters brackish waters. Commonly caught from bridges, catwalks, and piers, particularly in passes and inland waterways.
Behavior:
Males incubate eggs in their mouth
Additional Information
State Record:External Website 3lb, 5oz

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