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Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish; Hardhead sea catfish; Hardhead catfish; Hardhead)

Synonyms: Arius felis; Arius milberti; Galeichthys felis; Galeichthys milberti; Hexanematichthys felis; Silurus felis
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Wikipedia Abstract

The hardhead catfish (Ariopsis felis) is a saltwater species of sea catfish similar to the gafftopsail catfish. It is one of thirteen species in the genus Ariopsis. The common name, hardhead catfish, is derived from the presence of a hard, bony plate extending rearward toward the dorsal fin from a line between the catfish's eyes. It is an elongate marine catfish that reaches 19.5 in. (49.5 cm) in length. The average weight is less than 1 pound, but they may reach up to 3 pounds.
View Wikipedia Record: Ariopsis felis

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  

Prey / Diet

Acetes americanus (aviu shrimp)[1]
Adoxomyia dahlii[1]
Aegathoa oculata[1]
Albunea paretii (beach mole crab)[1]
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)[1]
Alosa sapidissima (American shad)[1]
Alpheus heterochaelis (bigclaw snapping shrimp)[1]
Americamysis almyra[1]
Ampithoe lacertosa[1]
Anchoa hepsetus (Broad-striped anchovy)[1]
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)[1]
Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[1]
Armandia maculata[1]
Austinixa cristata (cristate pea crab)[1]
Bairdiella chrysoura (Silver perch)[1]
Baseodiscus hemprichii[1]
Bigelowina biminiensis[1]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[1]
Brevoortia patronus (Bunker)[1]
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)[1]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[2]
Callinectes similis (lesser blue crab)[1]
Chrysaora quinquecirrha (sea nettle)[1]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[1]
Cyathura polita (Slender isopod)[1]
Cynoscion nebulosus (Spotted weakfish)[1]
Diopatra cuprea (tube worm)[1]
Dyspanopeus sayi (Say mud crab)[1]
Dyspanopeus texanus (Gulf grassflat crab)[1]
Ensis megistus[1]
Ericthonius punctatus[1]
Euceramus praelongus (olivepit porcelain crab)[1]
Farfantepenaeus aztecus (brown shrimp)[1]
Farfantepenaeus duorarum (pink shrimp)[1]
Fenestraria rhopalophylla (babies toes)[1]
Glycera americana[1]
Glycera robusta[1]
Goniada littorea[1]
Halodule wrightii (shoalweed)[1]
Heterocrypta granulata (smooth elbow crab)[1]
Hyalella azteca (Scud)[1]
Ischadium recurvum (hooked mussel)[1]
Isolda pulchella[1]
Labidocera aestiva[1]
Lagodon rhomboides (Salt-water bream)[2]
Latreutes parvulus (sargassum shrimp)[1]
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)[1]
Lepidophthalmus louisianensis (estuarine ghost shrimp)[1]
Litopenaeus setiferus (white shrimp)[1]
Lucifer faxoni (Lucifer shrimp)[1]
Lumbrineris coccinea[1]
Menippe adina (Gulf stone crab)[1]
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)[1]
Monoculodes nyei[1]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[1]
Myrophis punctatus (Speckled worm eel)[1]
Mysidopsis furca[1]
Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Brackish water mussel)[1]
Nassarius acutus (sharp nassa)[1]
Orthopristis chrysoptera (Sailor's choice)[1]
Palaemonetes pugio (daggerblade grass shrimp)[1]
Palaemonetes vulgaris (marsh grass shrimp)[1]
Petrolisthes armatus (green porcelain crab)[1]
Polyonyx gibbesi (eastern tube crab)[1]
Portunus gibbesii (iridescent swimming crab)[1]
Raninoides louisianensis (Gulf frog crab)[1]
Rhithropanopeus harrisii (estuarine mud crab)[1]
Rimapenaeus similis (roughback shrimp)[1]
Ruppia cirrhosa (spiral ditchgrass)[1]
Scissurella costata[1]
Sicyonia dorsalis (lesser rock shrimp)[1]
Speocarcinus lobatus (Gulf squareback crab)[1]
Squilla edentata[1]
Squilla empusa[1]
Subeucalanus pileatus[1]
Temora turbinata[1]
Texadina sphinctostoma (narrowmouth hydrobe)[1]
Thalassia testudinum (turtlegrass)[1]
Trinectes maculatus (Hogchoker)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Albula vulpes (Bonefish)1
Brevoortia aurea (Brazilian menhaden)1
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)1
Centropomus undecimalis (Thin snook)2
Cynoscion nebulosus (Spotted weakfish)1
Epinephelus marginatus (Yellowbelly rockcod)1
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)1
Lepisosteus oculatus (Spotted gar)1
Micropogonias furnieri (Whitemouth drummer)1
Paralichthys lethostigma (Southern flounder)1
Paralichthys orbignyanus1
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)1
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)1
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)1

Predators

Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[1]
Carcharhinus leucas (Zambezi shark)[1]
Carcharhinus limbatus (Spot-fin ground shark)[1]
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)[1]
Centropomus undecimalis (Thin snook)[1]
Cynoscion nebulosus (Spotted weakfish)[1]
Elops saurus (Ladyfish)[1]
Epinephelus guttatus (Rockhind)[1]
Epinephelus itajara (Jewfish)[1]
Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)[1]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[1]
Ictalurus furcatus (blue catfish)[1]
Lagodon rhomboides (Salt-water bream)[1]
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)[1]
Negaprion brevirostris (Requiem shark)[1]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[1]
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)[1]
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)[1]
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)[3]

Providers

Parasite of 
Callitetrarhynchus gracilis[1]
Gorgorhynchus medius[1]
Gymnorhynchus gigas[1]
Lecithochirium microstomum[1]
Neobenedenia melleni[1]
Neoechinorhynchus golvani[1]
Neotetraonchus bravohollisi[1]
Neotetraonchus felis[1]
Otobothrium insigne[1]
Pseudoacanthostomum floridensis[1]
Pterobothrium crassicolle[1]
Pterobothrium heteracanthum[1]
Pterobothrium lintoni[1]
Serrasentis sagittifer[1]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Callitetrarhynchus gracilis[4]
Callitetrarhynchus lepidus <Unverified Name>[4]
Goezia minuta <Unverified Name>[4]
Gorgorhynchus medius[4]
Magnivitellinum simplex <Unverified Name>[4]
Neobenedenia melleni[4]
Neotetraonchus bravohollisae <Unverified Name>[4]
Otobothrium cysticum[4]
Otobothrium insigne[4]
Pseudoacanthostomum panamense <Unverified Name>[4]
Pterobothrium filicolle <Unverified Name>[4]
Pterobothrium heteracanthum[4]
Pterobothrium lintoni[4]
Serrasentis sagittifer[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Audubon Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Brevard Zoo
Florida Aquarium
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar

Range Map

Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Gulf of Mexico; Laguna de Términos; Mexico; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: Massachusetts and northern Gulf of Mexico to southern Florida in USA and Mexico.;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 2Production sources and food web structure of a temperate tidal estuary: integration of dietary and stable isotope data, Kirk O. Winemiller, Senol Akin, Steven C. Zeug, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 343: 63–76, 2007 3Food of the Red Drum, Sciaenops ocellata, from Mississippi Sound, Robin M. Overstreet, Richard W. Heard, Gulf Research Reports, Vol. 6, No. 2, 131-135, 1978 4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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