Channel catfish

species of fish

The channel catfish (scientific name:Ictalurus punctatus), also called the channel cat, is a species of catfish. It is the official fish of several States of the United States (US). They are Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee. In the US, it is the most fished catfish species. [2][3]

Channel catfish
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ictaluridae
Genus: Ictalurus
I. punctatus
Binomial name
Ictalurus punctatus

(Rafinesque, 1818)
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Distribution of Ictalurus punctatus
  • Silurus punctatus Rafinesque, 1818


  1. NatureServe (2015). "Ictalurus punctatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 4.1 (4.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  2. A bot will complete this citation soon. Click here to jump the queue"Length, Weight, and Yield in Channel Catfish, Lake Diane, MI". arXiv:1102.4623 [q-bio.OT]. 2011. 
  3. Carlander KD (1969). Handbook of freshwater fishery biology. 1. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press.