Fish in Focus:   Spotted bullhead, Ameiurus serracanthus

Spotted bullhead, Ameiurus serracanthus
Garold W. Sneegas and Aquatic Kansas Images

The spotted bullhead is one of the smaller bullheads, the largest recorded specimen measuring 226 mm (about 9 inches).  It is mainly found in the Apalochicola, Ochlockonee, and Suwannee river systems in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.  It is classified as Rare in Florida and Georgia, and of Special Concern in Alabama.

It is usually found in larger streams and rivers with moderate current, and shows a preference for rock bottoms.  Snails have been found to be the dominant food type by volume, and another common name for this fish is "snail cat".

This photograph was taken in July 1996  by Mr. Sneegas 75 feet underwater in Morrison Spring, Walton County, Florida, in the Choctawhatchee drainage system.  This photo represents the first confirmed report of the fish in this drainage system.