Hardhead Catfish
Ariopsis felis
About This Fish

The Hardhead Catfish is found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Massachusetts to the Yucatan Peninsula. They are found in turbid, shallow, brackish water over mud and sand substrate, occasionally entering fresh water. Catfishes get their name from the “whiskers” (barbels) around their mouth, which have taste buds that aid in finding food. Males can carry an incredibly large number of eggs or young in their mouth.