Flathead Catfish Habitat: Flathead catfish are not fans of cold water. It shares the same taxonomic genus with the channel catfish. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 20 of 52 Posts. Habitat. Spawning occurs mostly in rivers and streams in the spring and early summer when waters warm to 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris), also called by several common names including mudcat or shovelhead cat, is a large species of North American freshwater catfish in the family Ictaluridae.It is the only species of the genus Pylodictis.Ranging from the lower Great Lakes region to northern Mexico, it has been widely introduced and is an invasive species in some areas. LIFE HISTORY . Other Common Names. A flathead catfish can give up to 10,000 eggs. Pylodictis olivaris. They prefer freshwater but can survive some salinity in water. Individuals can grow to 155 cm. Habitat suitability index models, Flathead catfish, by Lawrence A. Lee and James W. Terrell Resource Information The item Habitat suitability index models, Flathead catfish, by Lawrence A. Lee and James W. Terrell represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Indiana State Library . Identification. This type of catfish passes by a few other names, for example, shovelhead, cat and mud cat. Differentiation – In fact, many people cannot tell the difference between the blue and the channel catfish. You can find these fish in an incredible range of habitats. Flatheads have also done well in large reservoirs, though growth rates tend to be slower in non-river habitats. Our study will seek to determine habitat factors that are critical to the well being of flathead catfish populations, and identify ways in which these habitats can be protected or enhanced. Flathead catfish prefer lower level light, and will spend most daylight hours in the shade of a tree or rock, or in underwater holes and caves. Habitat. What kind of habitat do they need? The biological assessment program has collected a total of 520 individual Flathead Catfish specimens, ranking it the #69 most collected fish. Flathead Catfish Habitat Use and Predation on a Stunted White Perch Population in Branched Oak Reservoir, Nebraska. Flathead catfish prefer deep streams, rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs, where the water is cloudy and currents are slow. Some of the many ecosystems that they inhabit include rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, swamps, and more. Species Status Nonnative; View All Species ; Appearance. Eggs are deposited in nests secluded under banks or logs or over open bottom. Broadly flattened head with a lower jaw that projects beyond the upper jaw. Home; Wildlife & Habitat; Virginia Fishes; Flathead Catfish; Scientific Name. Close Cousins – This species shares North America with several other catfish species, including the flathead catfish and the channel catfish. 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