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How do you tell the difference between the two. I thought this one looked strange because of how short he was.

Forked tail fin = channel cat & blue cats

Squared tail fin = bullheads & flathead cats

I say thats a big bullhead. That would be a pretty big mouth for a channel that size. Channel cats upper jawbone protrudes out further than the lower jaw too.

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Its definitley not a channel cat.

Possibly a small flathead cat however. It has the wedge shaped head, coloration is right, underbite lower jaw, can't see the tail shape.

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yep, and not only that, when a Bullhead gets that big they get BUTT UGLY (even more so than normal)like freakish looking.

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Hmmm I suppose it could be a bullhead, but from my experience and judgment I would guess Channel.

The little Channels I catch that size are usually spotted though, like this one:

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Hmmm...That spot looks familiar

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"I lost my ID in a flood!" grin

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Bullhead:

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Flathead:

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I guess I would say Flathead!

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I'm leaning toward bullhead. The adipose fin on flathead is not attached the full distance, it's more like a true earlobe.

The caudal fin? (rear bottom) has more rays on a bullhead and is longer.

I think the lateral line on a flatty is never as pronounced either.

I would love to see the tail, find out where and when it was caught.

I wouldn't put any money on my guess, because it's a guess at best. Hans

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