Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Pisces > Class Actinopterygii > Order Siluriformes > Family Ictaluridae > Genus Ameiurus

Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque, 1820)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Original genus

Silurus Linnaeus, 1758

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

AmeiurusRafinesque, 1820accepted genus name

Species group names

Silurus melas Rafinesque, 1820 objective synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Albanian: peshku mace e zezë sources: Dhora, DH. 2008. Fjalor i emrave të kafshëve të Shqipërisë (Emri shkencor – Shqip – Anglisht) / Dictionary of animal names of Albania (Scientific names – Albanian – English). Camaj – Pipa. Shkodër, Albania. pp. 288.
 Dutch: zwarte dwergmeerval sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English: black bullhead sources: Wheeler, A. (1992). A list of the common and scientific names of fishes of the British Isles. J. Fish Biol. 41(Suppl. A): 1-37
 English-United States: Black Bullhead sources: Charles Hussey
 French: barbotte noir sources: Gillespie, G. E. 1993. An updated list of the fishes of British Columbia, and those of interest in adjacent waters, with numeric code designations. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 1918: 116 p.
 Spanish, Castillian: bagre torito negro


original description

Rafinesque, C.S. (1820). Description of the Silures or catfishes of the River Ohio. Q. J. Sci. Lit. Arts (R. Inst. Gr. Brit.) v. 9, pp 48-52.

basis of record

Eschmeyer, W.: Catalog of fishes; California Academy of Sciences, department Ichtyology.

source of synonymy

Eschmeyer, W.: Catalog of fishes; California Academy of Sciences, department Ichtyology.





External Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library (197 publications)
Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE)
Barcode of Life (14 barcodes)
GenBank (50 nucleotides; 25 proteins)


Bailly, N. (2014). Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque, 1820). In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:154205

Dr Jorg Freyhof. Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque, 1820). Accessed through: Fauna Europaea at http://www.faunaeur.org/full_results.php?id=304642




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marine, brackish, fresh, not terrestrial


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