Re: NANFA-L-- Catfish taxonomy
Thu, 20 Jan 2005 17:19:44 -0600

when I looked in my trusty old Nelson, Fishes of the World, and a plethora of regional guides, I found that N. American catfishes belong to the order Siluriformes, Family Ictaluridae. Bet it can be found by "Googling", too. Actually, though it is technical (after all, it is intended to educate zoologists about fishes), I highly recommend to anyone who really wants to know much about fishes the acquisition of a a copy of Helfman, Collette, and Facey or other general ichthyology book. The one I mentioned is the most up to date, the most colorful, the most complete, and is actually extremely readable. So much of this stuff is interesting to persons who want to know more about native fishes that it is a shame not to access it.


David L. McNeely, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
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----- Original Message -----
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:38 pm
Subject: NANFA-L-- Catfish taxonomy

> To what family(s),order(s) are native catfish in? Especially
> bullheads,
> madtoms, and channel cats.
> Thanks,
> Andrew
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> -----------
> ----------------------------------------------Invertebrates, they
> may be
> spineless, but they are the backbone of nature.

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