Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris)


The Flathead Catfish is widespread throughout central North America from Mexico to New York, including the Mobile Basin, Tennessee, and Cumberland river drainages. They live over a variety of substrate in main channels of small to large rivers and reservoirs. As the common name suggests, Flathead Catfish have a flattened head. Catfishes get their name from whiskers (barbels) around their mouth with taste buds that aid in finding food. Like all North American catfishes, they make nests and protect their eggs and young. They are one of the largest catfish in North America reaching over five feet in length!