Black Bullhead : Great Lakes Aquarium

Black Bullhead

Exhibits: St. Louis River

Animal Groups: Fish

Latin Name: Ameiurus melas

Insects, crustaceans, fish


Ponds, small lakes, swamps, and river pools and backwaters. Prefer muddy, sandy, or vegetated areas.

Animal Size: 12 inches (46 cm)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

When alarmed, this fish raises fin spikes, which are known for poking careless anglers.