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Ameiurus catus
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Ameiurus catus
Taxonomic Group: Fishes
Common name: WHITE CATFISH


White Catfish (Ameiurus catus) are native to Atlantic and Gulf drainages from the Hudson River to the Apalachicola River, Florida. On the East Coast they were introduced to Charles, and Kennebec rivers in New England, and to the Pensacola and drainages on the Gulf. On the West Coast, White Catfish were introduced to the Sacramento River in the late 1800s where they became a thriving commercial fishery in the Sacramento Delta through 1953 when commercial fishing ended. They are still an important sportfish in the region. There are no specific impacts of their introduction.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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