Thank you for visiting the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website. www.wildlife.state.nh.us NH Fish and Game

 

 

Brown Bullhead

Brown bullheadNH Conservation Status: Not listed

 

State Rank: Secure

 

Scientific Name: Ameiurus nebulosus

 

Distribution: The brown bullhead is native to eastern North America from Saskatchewan east to New Brunswick and south to Louisiana. Brown bullheads are common in Atlantic and Gulf coast drainages, but they have a more patchy distribution in the Mississippi drainage. They have been widely introduced outside their native range. They are found throughout New Hampshire.

 

Description: The brown bullhead, also known as horned pout, is a dark gray to brown colored catfish with a cream colored belly. Its dark colored whiskers distinguish the brown bullhead from its close relative, the yellow bullhead, which gets its name from its yellowish underbelly and bottom two whiskers. Juvenile brown bullheads may be distinguished from margined madtoms by their prominent adipose fin. The adipose fin of the madtom is fused to the caudal fin.

Brown bullhead

The dark colored lower barbels distinguish the brown bullhead from the yellow bullhead.

Beware of the spines on the pectoral and dorsal fins when handling bullhead.

 

black bullhead

 

bullhead

 

Species commonly confused with: Yellow bullhead, margined madtom

 

Habitat: The brown bullhead prefers lakes, ponds, and slow moving sections of rivers and streams. However, brown bullheads are widespread throughout New Hampshire and may be found in almost any habitat, including faster flowing streams with rocky substrate.

 

Life History: The brown bullhead prefers lakes, ponds, and slow moving sections of rivers and streams. However, brown bullheads are widespread throughout New Hampshire and may be found in almost any habitat, including faster flowing streams with rocky substrate.

 

Origin: Native

 

Conservation/Management: There are no specific management recommendations for brown bullhead.


Distribution Map: (under construction)section