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Taxonomic Notes: This species is recorded here as Ariopsis felis (following Betancur et al. , and Page et al. ). A revised (unified) nomenclature for . Descriptions and articles about the Sea Catfish, scientifically known as Ariopsis felis in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Comprehensive Descrip. Scientific Name: Ariopsis felis; Common Names: Hardhead sea catfish, saltwater catfish, sea catfish, tourist trout; Order: Siluriformes; Family: Ariidae; Status.

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Species of Ariopsis in FishBase. The relationship between length and weight is not linear.

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Retrieved 2 October In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Short description Morphology Morphometrics 4 chin barbels and a longitudinal groove in a depression on midline of head. Sign our Guest Book. Development of fishes of the mid-Atlantic Bight: Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year High vulnerability 56 of The gafftopsail catfish looks similar to the hardhead catfish, but its feils spine has a distinctive fleshy extension like the fore-and-aft topsail of a ship.

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Add your observation in Fish Watcher Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Their activity level was highest right after the onset of the chemical stimulus. Edible, but generally not consumed Ref.


This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Many fish have been associated with sound production for alarm, territorial, and courtship purposes, but sound probing of surroundings seems to be only be seen in hardhead catfish. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

The dorsal spine is normally erect when the fish is excited and a tennis shoe or even a leather-soled shoe offers little protection. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Furthermore, hardhead catfish are the first indicator that Osteichthyes possibly could use directional hearing to detect obstacles. When fishing for this species in fresh water, assorted meats tend to work best as bait. Individuals within the group that produced sound avoided obstacles, whereas silent individuals crashed into obstacles frequently.

The hardhead catfish Ariopsis felis is a species of sea catfish from the northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexicoand similar to the gafftopsail catfish Bagre marinus. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Short description Morphology Morphometrics 4 chin barbels and a longitudinal groove in a depression on midline of head.

Hardhead catfish

Arius felis Linnaeus, Arius milberti Valenciennes, Galeichthys felis Linnaeus, Galeichthys milberti ValenciennesHexanematichthys felis Linnaeus, Silurus felis Linnaeus, Some argue that hardhead catfish use an unrefined form of sonar as a means of echolocation, which also implies some directional hearing ability. They also respond to chemical cues from injured sailfin molliesbut this response was weaker than that of the response from their own species.


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It is an opportunistic consumer that uses mud and sand flats as hunting grounds. As hardhead catfish grow longer, they increase in weight. The signal parameters have low frequency and amplitude, so far-field reverberations are unlikely to be useful. If echolocation exists, it is likely only useful in the near field by the catfish. Hardhead catfish are edible, but like all catfish, require some effort to clean.

Mouthbreeders are able to freely move with the eggs in their mouths, thus can move as necessary to protect both themselves and the broods. Another possibility is that males pick up eggs from depressions in the sand, as eggs tend to be demersal. Also, grinding of the pharyngeal teeth and rubbing of the pectoral spines against the pectoral girdle can produce sound.

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Found in turbid waters over muddy bottoms. Under controlled conditions of photoperiodtemperature, and water quality, hardhead catfish display nonrandom oscillations in angular orientation of locomotive activity.

Hardhead catfish are also known to steal bait.