Pylodictis - Native Flathead Catfish


Information Last Reviewed Spring 2007




Preferred Environment

North American Distribution







Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Siluriformes

Family: Ictaluridae

Genus: Pylodictis

Species found in the United States: P. olivaris










Distinguishing Characteristics 

Genus Pylodictis can be distinguished from invasive Loricariid catfishes by: 




Preferred Environment:





North American Distribution:







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