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Fish    Species Name:
Ictalurus punctatus Rafinesque

Common Name:
channel catfish


White Catfish, Iowa   July 24, 1804
Great Falls, Montana   June 15, 1805
Camp White Catfish, Nebraska   July 24, 1804
Musselshell River, Montana   May 22, 1805

The channel catfish, much smaller than the bluecatfish, weights no more than thirty pounds. If the fish caught that day by the party were indeed channel catfish, the species was new to sciences at that time.

Journal Entries:

Capt. Clark, July 24, 1804-- This evening Guthrege Cought a White Catfish, its eyes Small & tale much like that of a ...  more>>

See following caption
channel catfish

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