Freshwater Pests

Brown Bullhead Catfish

Scientific Name: Ameiurus nebulosus
First present in Lake Taupo and have spread down the Waikato River. Also found in Northland and is spreading in New Zealand by boat trailers and in particular fyke nets used for eeling. They are dark brown to olive green colour with paler sides and bellies.
Prevent the spread of pests with Check, Clean, Dry Methods

If you think you've found a freshwater pest - report online here
or call our pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66

  • Adults feed heavily on freshwater species like Taupo's freshwater crayfish
  • Could establish populations in most water bodies

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