Story: Coarse fish

Ictaluridae features (4th of 4)

Ictaluridae features

Species of the catfish family, Ictaluridae, can be distinguished from other freshwater-fish families in New Zealand as they all have scales, four pairs of long feeler-like barbels around the mouth, stout spines at the front of the pectoral fins, stout spines at the front of the dorsal fin, a lateral line, and an adipose fin.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Source: R. M. McDowall, Reed field guide to New Zealand freshwater fishes. Auckland: Reed, 2000, p. 137

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Bob McDowall, 'Coarse fish - Introductions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/15735/ictaluridae-features (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Nov 2008