Ecology of Ameiurus nebulosus
Main Ref. Palomares, M.L.D., 1991
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Ameiurus nebulosus may be found.
Remarks Nocturnal and benthic, preferring stagnant waters of swamps and lakes (Ref. 10294, 11243). Juveniles are carnivores surviving on invertebrates, insect larvae, insects and eggs and larvae of other fishes. The main food of adults consist of crustaceans, small fish and frogs (Ref. 11243).


Substrate Soft Bottom
Substrate Ref. Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Palomares, M.L.D., 1991
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.68 0.12 3.43 0.39 Troph of juv./adults from 3 studies.
Ref. Klarberg, D.P. and A. Benson, 1975
From individual food items 3.28 0.45 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. on 11.09.92
Modified by Torres, Armi G. on 03.27.18
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