Amur Catfish

an Invasive Species

The Amur Catfish / The Japanese Common Catfish

Scientific name- Silurus asotus

Silurus asotus is widely spread in East Asia. It is distributed from the Amur River Basin to Red River basin in northern Viet Nam including The Korean Peninsula, Japan and Taiwan and Viet Nam.

Physical Discription

The stomach of the Amur Catfish is white with irregular white spots along its sides. It has 1 pair of maxillary barbels (upper whiskers) longer than its head and a pair a mandibular barbels (lower whiskers) , usually less than half the size of the maxillary barbels.

Native to:

China

Japan

Korea

Taiwan

Mongolia

Russian Federation

Why is it a problem?

No major threat to the species so population continues to rise in the US, eats many types of fish that are needed for distribution.

Where is it in the US?

Coastal States such as LA., FL, and GA because they are usually found in slow running rivers and muddy riverbeds.

Spread by:

Mating and breeding up the rivers and stream. Sold for profit and eventually found their way into the US.

Can be controlled by:

Fishing tournaments and a fishing season.

MLA Citation

"AMUR FISH - DIVERSE AND TASTY." AMUR FISH - DIVERSE AND TASTY. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

"Silurus Asotus." Silurus Asotus. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014