Re: NANFA-- bullhead help

Roselawn Museum (
Mon, 08 Jul 2002 09:40:32 -0400

Sounds like a good excuse for another "Ray's World" video!

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 12:40 PM 7/7/02 -0500, you wrote:
>It was not a channel catfish, flathead catfish, stonecat or tadpole madtom,
>the other species of catfish that can be found in the area. This was
>definatly some kind of bullhead. Like I said, the best way to describe it
>would be to mix a yellow and brown bullhead together evenly, displaying
>faded characteritics of both fish. The tail was more square like a brown,
>the anal fin had some what of a "rounded" lower edge like a brown ( I should
>have counted fin rays on the anal). The color was a gray though, and had a
>slightly mottled appearance with the mottling being a black/brown/green kind
>of off the wall color. The fins were uniform in color brownish black. The
>belly was an off white, and the barbels on the bottom were black when laying
>flat agains the fish, but if you turned them over they were white on the
>side that would be stuck to the fish out of the water. Its mouth was more
>terminal than subterminal, so more like a brown or black bullhead than a
>yellow. The adipose fin was clearly seperate from the tail and well formed,
>even though the fish looked a bit thin. I do not catch browns very often
>here, but the ones I have caught at this size are usually less tadpole
>shaped than black bullheads. The browns here range from the northern form
>which looks nearly identical to the black bullhead at first look, and I have
>caught some southerns with the pretty brown ground color and nice black
>marbeling. This fish was shaped like the yellow bullheads which have a bit
>of a more cylindrical shape at this size, here anyways.
>I guess if I catch another I will have to keep it and find out some way to
>take some pictures of it. Presently I have not good way to take pictures of
>fish in tanks, other than video. That works good but is hard to share.
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