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Ictalurus balsanus (Jordan & Snyder 1899)

Balsas Catfish

Containing group: Ictalurus


The Balsas Catfish is similar to the Channel Catfish, I. punctatus, but can be distinguished by the presence of a backward extension on each side of the premaxillary toothpad.


The Balsas Catfish occurs in the Rio Balsas drainage on the Pacific Slope of Mexico.

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Distribution of Ictalurus balsanus © Larry Page


The Balsas Catfish lives in clear, deep pools and runs of creeks and small to medium-sized rivers.

Similar Species

Other species of Ictalurus lack backward extensions on the premaxillary toothpad.

Other Names for Ictalurus balsanus (Jordan & Snyder 1899)

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