Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Siluriformes > Family: Ictaluridae > Genus: Ameiurus > Species: Ameiurus nebulosus

Brown bullhead - Ameiurus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5938

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Least Concern


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bici-cu-coarne Romanian Fishbase
Brown bullhead English Fishbase
Bruine amerikaanse dwergmeerval Dutch Fishbase
Dvärgmal Swedish Fishbase
Dvergmalle Norwegian Fishbase
Dværgmalle Danish Fishbase
Horned pout English Fishbase
Kanalnyi somik Russian Fishbase
Katzenwels German Fishbase
Piikkimonni Finnish Fishbase
Poisson chat French Fishbase
Somn american Romanian Fishbase
Somn pitic Romanian Fishbase
Sumik karlowaty Polish Fishbase
Zwergwels German Fishbase
Synonym Author
Ictalurus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)
Pimelodus nebulosus Lesueur 1819
Ameiurus vulgaris (Thompson, 1842)
Ictalurus nebulosus pannonicus (Lesueur, 1819)
Silurus coenosus Richardson, 1836
Silurus nigrescens Lesueur
Pimelodus vulgaris Thompson, 1842
Pimelodus felis Agassiz, 1850
Pimelodus catus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pimelodus atrarius DeKay, 1842
Amiurus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)
Amiurus vulgaris (Thompson, 1842)
Amiurus catus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ameiurus lacustris (Walbaum, 1792)
Ictalurus nebulosus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)
Ictalurus nebulosus marmoratus (Holbrook, 1855)
Silurus felis Linnaeus, 1766
Ameirus nebulosus Lesueur, 1819
Ictalurus nebulosus pannonicus Harka & Pinter, 1990
Ameirus nebulosus (Lesueur, 1819)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
NOBANIS: Ameiurus nebulosus European Network on Invasive Alien Species
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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