Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Brown Bullhead
Ameiurus nebulosus
Also known as: bullhead
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A scaleless, mottled-colored, chubby fish having an adipose fin, 8 barbels (those under mouth dusky or black colored) that are used to locate food, and a slight notch on the rear margin of the tail fin. Many anglers are mistaken by thinking they can be stung by the whiskers (barbels). What they have to avoid are the hard spines (one in the dorsal fin and one in each pectoral fin) that can inflict a puncture wound if the fish is mishandled. Bottom-feeder, primarily eating immature aquatic insects and crustaceans.
Family: Catfish
Type: Commercial Fish
Range: Rarely found in the state.


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