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Species: Bagre bagre, Coco sea-catfish

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A long base, 29-37, front black



Bagre bagre (Linnaeus, 1766)

Coco sea-catfish

Head arched, little depressed; snout rounded as viewed from above; bony head shield with smooth surface, obscured by skin, its rear process narrow, tapering to rear, meeting a crescent shaped plate at base of dorsal fin spine; 2 pairs of close-set nostrils; no fleshy furrow extends across snout and connects rear nostrils; 2 pairs of barbels (on chin and top jaws), top pair with long flat filaments; teeth on roof of mouth in four patches that form a narrow tranverse arc; gill opening wide, membranes not adhering to breast; spines of dorsal and pectoral fin with long flat filaments; second dorsal adipose fin well developed; tail fin deeply forked; anal fin base long, 29-37 rays; tail fin deeply forked; a complete lateral line, with branches to top and bottom base of tail fin, no scales.

Silvery grey to bluey grey above, lighter below; a large black blotch on front of anal fin.

Reaches 55 cm.

Almost entirely marine, common around river mouths.

Depth range: 1-50 m.

Costa Rica to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Mud
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
  • Brooded
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends South of GC
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 55
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 50