Pied Channel Catfish--A Color Mutation

A pied or variegated six inch fingerling channel catfish, letalurus puntatus, was discovered when a pond of normal colored fingerling channel catfish was harvested in the fall of 1959 at the Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery, Lonoke, Arkansas. This fish was saved and reared for two additional years before it was finally lost in the spring of 1962. The authors believe this to be further evidence supporting the belief held by many fish culturists that the "Arkansas Strain" of channel catfish is domesticated. Previous color mutations discovered in this strain was a solid, sooty-black individual and albinism which is common.

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