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Temporal range: Oligocene - Recent
Ictalurus punctatus.jpg
channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ictaluridae
Genus: Ictalurus
Rafinesque, 1820
Type species
Silurus cerulescens
Rafinesque, 1820
  • Elliops Rafinesque, 1820
  • Synechoglanis Gill, 1859
  • Ichthaelurus Cope, 1868
  • Villarius Rutter, 1896
  • Haustor Jordan & Evermann, 1896
  • Istlarius Jordan & Snyder, 1899
  • Ichthyaelurus Meek, 1904

Ictalurus is a genus of North American freshwater catfishes. It includes the well-known channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) and blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus).

The catfish genome database (cBARBEL) is a database for the genetics of Ictalurus species.[1]


There are currently 10 recognized species in this genus:[2]

There are also four fossil species assigned to this genus:[3]


  1. ^ Lu, J.; Peatman, E.; Yang, Q.; Wang, S.; Hu, Z.; Reecy, J.; Kucuktas, H.; Liu, Z. (8 October 2010). "The catfish genome database cBARBEL: an informatic platform for genome biology of ictalurid catfish". Nucleic Acids Research. 39 (Database): D815–D821. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq765. PMID 20935046. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Ictalurus in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  3. ^ Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628. 

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