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Blue Catfish

Ictalurus furcatus



First Noted by Expedition
August 25, 1804, mouth of Vermillion River, Clay County, South Dakota.
 

Description
Usually slate blue across the back, fading to white on the belly. Typically 30-35 spines in the anal fin.
 

Habitat
Rivers and large creeks in slow to moderate current over sand, gravel, or rocks; ponds, lakes, reservoirs.
 

Range
Widely distributed through Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi River basins.
 

Note
This is the largest of the catfish and can reach 150 lbs (70 kg). It is frequently confused with the channel cat—the difference is in the number of spines in its rear fin.

Species information from enature.com
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