Black bullhead catfish

Ameiurus melas

Ameiurus melas (Black bullhead catfish)
Distribution
no distribution map available
least concern



Habitat
Temperature:
S18.0-29.0 °C
Salinity:
Sfresh water
Photoperiod:
no data found yet
Substrate:
Syes
Trophic level:
not investigated by us yet
Growth
Length:
not investigated by us yet
Weight:
not investigated by us yet
Maturity:
S2.0-3.0 years
Malformations:
Sno
Morphology:
not investigated by us yet
Swimming
Home range:
no data found yet
Depth:
S0.5-4.0 m
Speed:
not investigated by us yet
Migration:
no data found yet
Type:
not investigated by us yet
Reproduction
Nest building:
Syes
Courtship:
Syes
Mating type:
Smonogamy
Fecundity:
not investigated by us yet
Brood care:
Syes
Social behaviour
Aggregation:
Sflexible
Organisation:
not investigated by us yet
Aggression:
Sno
Handling
Farming frequency:
87 t/year 2018
Farming stress:
no data found yet
Slaughter protocol:
Sprepared

Farming remarks

Ameiurus melas
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FishTalk

Ameiurus melas is a nocturnal, bottom-feeder catfish of the Ictaluridae family. It is native from the USA, Canada, and north of Mexico and has been introduced outside of its range in US river basins, many European countries, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Chile, where it is considered invasive and a nuisance. A. melas is commonly cultured in the USA and Italy, traditionally in ponds. Market size can be achieved in one growing season. Therefore, most cultured A. melas might be JUVENILES. A. melas is a social species, with no migratory behaviour and no aggression reported in captivity nor the wild, which are positive characteristics in cultured FISHES. However, the current farming densities are much higher than what A. melas experiences in the wild, and there are no studies on the effects that these farming conditions might have on the individual well-being. Research showed better growth in ponds than in cages, but new alternatives have been researched in recent years, such as including floating trays in cages to offer cover to the FISHES. There is little information about how A. melas is reproduced in farms, with evidence that FINGERLINGS are obtained from the wild. Therefore, more research needs to be done in this area. A stunning and slaughter protocol needs to be studied and implemented for A. melas as well.

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