SPECIES ID / Freshwater Fish of the Fraser Valley
Catfish Family (Ictaluridae)
• No species are native to British Columbia
• Fossils show that catfish occurred in BC before glaciation.
• One species has been introduced to the Fraser Valley
• Two other species have been introduced elsewhere in British Columbia.
• 6 Prominent barbels project from head
•Fleshy adipose fin
•Spines: One in dorsal fin and in each pectoral fin
Primary Information Source:
McPhail, J.D. 2007. The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Alberta.