Strangely Pigmented Catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by mullyden, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Anyone seen a catfish like this before? We've caught hundreds of good healthy bluecats and this one was very healthy also, but had an obviously strange skin pigment. It had the fins of a blue. Is it a different species? Anyone?
     

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  2. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Caught one or two like that from the Missouri River this summer. Unusual but not unheard of.
     

  3. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Albino that didn't turn all the way. Thats my 2 cents. LOL!
     
  4. TomV

    TomV New Member

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    I haven't seen anything like that but my guess is I will in the future. I think it is just a color morph much like the all white blue cat in the video, healthy just a skin coloration. In the reptile world (ball pythons) it would be considered a piebald.

    Very interesting, thanks for the pictures.
     
  5. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    I caught one like that at Mark Twain lake this fall. There is a name for it, but I don't know what it is. I know a couple humans with the same thing.
     
  6. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    That is a melanistic blue cat. Which means a partial albino catfish. I caught one last year but just with a couple very small dark spots. I thought it was albino but in order to be a true albino it needs to be 100 % free of any pigmentation. Any color to the fish even if small is considered melanistic.

    Here's a pic of mine.

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showpost.php?p=108201&postcount=1
     
  7. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    See several of those caught on the Ohio by Ole Morris Johnson. I just thought something in the Ohio was causing that. Its called Piebald.:roll_eyes:
     
  8. TomV

    TomV New Member

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    Melan is black so a melanistic blue cat would be black. A hypo-melonistic bluecat would be white.
     
  9. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    I thought for a minuit there it was a fish that had horsed around with an appalossa horse.:lol:


    Guys that was very interesting, I had never seen those. I have caught albinos but didn't know they had mixed.
     
  10. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    I did google on piebald cats and there were some references. I really wish I would have had the opportunity to give to an aquarium somewhere so others could look at it. Apparently they are fairly rare with this much coloration. Oh well, I guess it will eat ok too!!! We're getting both a Cabelas and Bass Pro in Baton Rouge. Would have been a good place to put him(her). Maybe We'll get another one someday.
     
  11. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Jersey cow-cats?
     
  12. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Here's one I caught last summer
     
  13. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    Never seen it before - looks like it has Albino splotches:big_smile:
     
  14. go_cats_go

    go_cats_go New Member

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    That is an awesome looking fish!
     
  15. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing the pics of the catch..... looks like a good eating variety..... like the man says.... the Jersey variety....


    bayrunner ray
     
  16. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Looks like it belongs at Sea World.
     
  17. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    It reminds me of a morf in snakes called a pieballed. Found in ball pythons. Look it up. My 2 cents.:lol: