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Fish Species Description

Flathead catfish

Pylodictis olivaris

(Rafinesque, 1818)

flathead catfish Species Photo


Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ictaluridae
Alternate Names: mud cat, shovelhead cat



flathead catfish Region Map


The flathead catfish is considered introduced to that Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint and all Atlantic slope drainages.

Basin Distribution in Georgia:

In Georgia, occurs in the Tennessee, Coosa, Chattahoochee, Flint, Satilla, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, and Savannah River basins.

Additional Information from
Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

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