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Ictalurus pricei (Rutter 1896)

Yaqui Catfish

Containing group: Ictalurus


The Yaqui Catfish is very similar to the Channel Catfish but can be distinguished by its shorter pectoral spine, which goes 3-4 times into the predorsal length, compared to 2-3 times in Channel Catfish), and its shorter dorsal spine (2.5-4 times into the predorsal length, compared to 2.0-2.6 times in the Channel Catfish). Juveniles and females have many dark spots on a dark gray back and sides and are white below. Large males have a black back and sides and are gray below. 16-24 rakers on 1st gill arch, usually 11 pectoral fin rays. To 22 1/4 in. (57 cm) total length.


The Yaqui Catfish occurs in the Rio Yaqui and Rio Casas Grandes drainages in northwestern Mexico and extreme southeastern Arizona. The species is rare and protected as a threatened species in the United States.

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Distribution of Ictalurus pricei. © Larry Page


The Yaqui Catfish lives in quiet water over sandy and rocky bottoms in small to medium rivers.

Similar Species

See Channel Catfish, I. punctatus, and Headwater Catfish, I. lupus.

Other Names for Ictalurus pricei (Rutter 1896)

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