black bullhead

Scientific name Ameiurus melas
Descriptor Rafinesque
Year of description 1820
IUCN category LC
Family Ictaluridae
Genus Ameiurus
Ameiurus melas Ameiurus melas

Introduction

Ameiurus melas, commonly known as black bullhead, is a fresh water fish from the North America.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    45 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
    Catfish
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    45 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
    Catfish

How to recognize the black bullhead ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

The black bullhead measures between 25 and 45 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly beige body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or in a group
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The black bullhead is a fish living as a couple or in a group naturally found on the bottom. This species is omnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the black bullhead has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The black bullhead is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    14 - 35 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6.5 - 7
  • gh (hardness)
    6 - 10
  • Flow
    Medium, Slow and Stagnant

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