Black Bullhead (Ameiurus melas)


The Black Bullhead has a wide distribution stretching across eastern North America from Texas to Canada including the Mobile, Tennessee, and Cumberland river drainages. They prefer backwaters, ponds, and lakes over soft substrate. Catfishes get their name from whiskers (barbels) around their mouths that have taste buds which aid in finding food. Like all North American Catfishes, they make nests and guard their eggs and young.