Yellow Bullhead
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Name and Code
Family
Ictaluridae - North American catfishes
Species
Ameiurus natalis
Taxonomic Authority
(Lesueur, 1819)
Common Name(s)
Yellow Bullhead
French Name
barbotte jaune
OMNR Code
232
Family TSN
163995
Parent TSN
164034
Species TSN
164041
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (2011-10-14)
National Rank (NRank)
N4 (2013-05-07)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
S4 (1988-11-22)
COSEWIC Status
none
SARO Status
none
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
native
General Abundance
uncommon
Tolerance
tolerant
Economic Importance
none
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthic
Trophic Class
invertivore/carnivore
Thermal Regime
warmwater
Habitat Preference
pools and backwaters over muddy substrates in sluggish creeks and small to large rivers, oxbows, ponds, impoundments and heavily vegetated areas of shallow bays and small lakes; preferred water temperature 27.6°C
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Guarders: Nest spawners: Speleophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Spawning Season
spring
Spawning Month(s)
May-June
Spawning Temperature (°C)
16-24
Fecundity
1,652-6,600
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
17.8-34.3 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.08-0.56
Age at Maturity (yrs)
2-3
Maximum Length (cm)
58.4 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
3.2
Lifespan (yrs)
6-12
Ontario Range Map
Yellow Bullhead range
Ontario Distribution
southern Ontario
Photograph
Yellow Bullhead photograph
Notes
tolerant of pollution, turbidity, low dissolved oxygen and a wide range of water temperature
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
36.8 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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