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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Hardhead catfish Conservation status.

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Hardhead catfish

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.

Retrieved felks ” https: Entered by Luna, Susan M. Hardhead catfish are the first marine ostariophysans found to elicit this type of alarm reaction. The hardhead catfish has a reproductive season from around May to September.


Hardhead catfish are generally regarded as an undesirable catch by most anglers, largely due to the risk associated with handling the venomous fish, as well as its ‘fishy’ taste as opposed to desirable game fish. Retrieved 14 January Adults inhabit continental waters and enter estuaries.

Human uses

The gafftopsail catfish looks similar to the hardhead catfish, but its dorsal spine has a distinctive fleshy extension like the fore-and-aft topsail delis a ship. Annual harvests vary greatly, but from —, 1.

Younger hardhead catfish tend to eat small crustaceanslike amphipodsshrimp, blue crabsmollusksand annelids. Found in turbid waters over muddy bottoms. Mechanistically, sound can be produced in different ways.

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Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year Hardhead catfish respond to chemicals released by injured individuals with increased activity, illustrating communication among catfish. Edible, but generally not consumed Ref. Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref.

At maturity, females develop flap-like fatty tissue by their pelvic finswhich results in them having larger pelvic fins than males. Like other members of the Ariidaehardhead ariopsjs are paternal mouthbrooders.

These nonfunctioning eggs may be used as food for the male mouthbrooder, since mouthbrooders do not feed while they are taking care of the brood.


Development of fishes of the mid-Atlantic Bight: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Aroopsis. Short description Morphology Morphometrics 4 chin barbels and a longitudinal groove in a depression on midline of head. Hardhead catfish are edible, but like all catfish, require some effort to clean. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

Hardhead catfish – Wikipedia

Main reference Upload your references References Coordinator: Pages arlopsis citations lacking titles Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February 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. Commonly captured from catwalks, bridges and piers, particularly in passes and inland waterways.

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