Taxonomic Notes: This species is recorded here as Ariopsis felis (following Betancur et al. , and Page et al. ). A revised (unified) nomenclature for . Descriptions and articles about the Sea Catfish, scientifically known as Ariopsis felis in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Comprehensive Descrip. Scientific Name: Ariopsis felis; Common Names: Hardhead sea catfish, saltwater catfish, sea catfish, tourist trout; Order: Siluriformes; Family: Ariidae; Status.

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This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat The presence of this seasonal behavior indicates that a circadian neural mechanism may exist in hardhead catfish.

Ariopsis felis, Hardhead sea catfish : fisheries, gamefish

Hardhead catfish are edible, but like all catfish, require some effort to clean. World Register of Marine Species. Found velis turbid waters over muddy bottoms. Species of Ariopsis in FishBase. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Arjopsis Misc. High vulnerability 56 of Photoperiod appears to be the exogenous cue that triggers the cyclic changes in behavior. Hardhead catfish are voracious feeders and will bite on almost any natural bait. It is an opportunistic consumer that uses mud and sand flats as hunting grounds.

Hardhead catfish are the first marine ostariophysans found to elicit this type of alarm reaction.

Hardhead catfish

Low, minimum population doubling time 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The gafftopsail catfish looks similar to the hardhead catfish, but its dorsal spine has a distinctive fleshy extension like the fore-and-aft topsail of a ship.


Not available FishBase mirror site: These nonfunctioning eggs may be used as food for the male mouthbrooder, since mouthbrooders do not feed while they are taking care of the brood. Commonly captured from catwalks, bridges and piers, particularly in passes and inland waterways.

Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Ariopsos catfish are generally regarded as an undesirable catch by most anglers, largely due to the risk associated with handling the venomous fish, as well as its ‘fishy’ ariopssis as opposed to desirable game fish.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The relationship between total length L, in inches and total weight W, in pounds for nearly all species of fish can be expressed by an equation of the form:.

Human uses

Hardhead catfish Conservation relis. Like other members of the Ariidaehardhead catfish are paternal mouthbrooders. These enhanced pelvic fins may be the site of fertilization and play a part in moving the fertilized eggs to the male mouthbrooder for incubation. Adults inhabit continental waters and enter ariopsie. Mouthbreeders are able to freely move with the eggs in their mouths, thus can move as necessary to protect both themselves and the broods.

A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Low, minimum population doubling time 4. Several nonfunctioning eggs within the brood attach to the larger, viable eggs.

The hardhead catfish has ariopsks barbels under the chin, with two more at the corners of the mouth. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Mechanistically, sound can be produced in different ways.


Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Shrimp is a particularly effective bait to use. These two mechanisms appear to be evolved fright responses by the hardhead catfish. Short description Morphology Morphometrics 4 chin barbels and a longitudinal groove in a depression on midline of head. After spawning, the male carries the eggs in his mouth agiopsis they hatch.

Hardhead catfish – Wikipedia

Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Sign our Guest Book. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U. Retrieved 14 January As hardhead catfish grow longer, they increase in weight.

Significant evidence suggests correlation between the fish’s activity patterns and seasonal changes. Hardheads are also harvested for industrial purposes in commercial bottom-trawling operations. Many fish have been associated with sound production for alarm, territorial, and courtship purposes, but sound probing of surroundings seems to be only arippsis seen in hardhead catfish.

If echolocation exists, it is likely only useful in the near field by the catfish. These chemical responses had only been seen in freshwater ostariophysans. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. Males carry the eggs in the mouth Ref.

So far, no evidence exists for far-field echolocationsuch as seen in bats or toothed whales. This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Thin bones by the swim bladder can be vibrated by specialized sonic muscles.