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Recent observations

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What

Hardhead Catfish Ariopsis felis

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kimberlietx

Date

July 27, 2012 05:10 PM CDT

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What

Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis

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anewman

Date

August 27, 2015

Description

Lower barbels pale. Unable to see ID characteristic post preservative.

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What

Common Plecostomus Hypostomus plecostomus

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carloscarrera

Date

July 7, 2015

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What

Bagre lobo Ictalurus lupus

Observer

carloscarrera

Date

June 11, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

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What

Black Bullhead Ameiurus melas

Observer

aguilita

Date

August 20, 2015

Description

Note: We would like assistance in identifying, if it is possible to do so, what kind of catfish fry these might be. Anyone and everyone’s assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Cooper Creek Catfish Fry - Needing to Identify Species

20 August 2015: Walked the seasonally dry rock-hard bed of Cooper Creek not far downstream from Avondale Park in Denton, Texas. We came upon one of the larger standing pools of water on the creek bed where we observed a little school of dark (black to gray-colored) catfish fry swimming along the edge of the itinerant pool of water. We counted up to 21 in the tiny school of fish. They seemed to be swimming in tight formation keeping very close together for protection one would assume and at the same time appeared to be foraging at the edges of the pool. But they definitely had a pattern going, it was interesting behavior. They moved in a counterclockwise direction.

We know that Cooper Creek is a creek that empties into the Elm Fork Trinity River by way of Lake Lewisville here in the greater North Texas metropolitan area. We know that the Elm Fork Trinity River is one of the main tributaries to the Trinity River and that it constitutes part of the greater Trinity River Basin. And so do these little catfish fry. How many types of catfish are there in the Elm Fork Trinity River (and thus presumably also in Cooper Creek)? Well our research to date reveals that there are at least three types of catfish including Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, and Bullhead Catfish. We would assume (incorrectly perhaps) that Blue and Channel Catfish are easily the most common of the three.

With pools drying fast in lieu of rainfall during the late summer heat of North Texas, it’s possible that the once deep pool of water these fish fry are in will evaporate in a matter of days. That is, if the wading aquatic birds like Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, and Great Blue Heron, all which frequent Cooper Creek periodically at different times of the year, don’t arrive first at the pool to dispatch these tiny fish fry and release them from their predicament. It’s much easier for the big birds to do so given the shallow pools that remain throughout the creek’s bed until further rainfall refills the creek’s course.

Our only concern is to identify the type of catfish species these tiny fry belong to if it’s doable. If not, then they shall remain in the category of catfish fry.

Avondale Park is administered by the City of Denton, Texas. Cooper Creek is also overseen by the representative agencies of the City of Denton.

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Observer

oryzias

Date

August 31, 2011

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brentano

Date

August 7, 2015

Description

This was such an interesting sighting. There were a large number of baby catfish (?) that would form up into a ball near the creek bank. Then they would move outward at the surface spreading out as they went. Then when they came out of the shade they would submerge and come back up by the bank in a tight ball. Very weird.

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fishesoftexas

Date

August 2, 2015 01:54 PM CDT

Description

Specimen deposited at Texas Natural History Collections (https://integrativebio.utexas.edu/biodiversity-collections/collections/ichthyology-fish)

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What

Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis

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fishesoftexas

Date

August 2, 2015 01:54 PM CDT

Description

Specimen deposited at Texas Natural History Collections (https://integrativebio.utexas.edu/biodiversity-collections/collections/ichthyology-fish)

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rmooi

Date

April 25, 2014 02:26 AM PDT

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atassin

Date

August 8, 2015

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What

Flathead catfish Pylodictis olivaris

Observer

fieldnotes

Date

March 8, 2014

Description

Huge skulls of Flathead Catfish pinned by anglers to telephone pole.

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Description from Wikipedia

Catfishes (order Siluriformes) are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also...

No range data available.