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Species: Batrachoides gilberti, Large-eye Toadfish

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scales on nape not reaching onto head
D 24-26
A 22-23
mouth barbels white
pectoral - white + dark bars
LL white, 36-45 + 33-41

Batrachoides gilberti Meek & Hildebrand, 1928

Large-eye Toadfish

Head depressed, narrow; eyes relatively large, no tentacles over eyes; filaments between and behind eyes; 2 spines on upper opercle; 2 spines below and behind opercular spines; teeth pointed; gill openings restricted to side, before pectoral fin base; dorsal rays III, 24-26; anal 22-23 rays; discrete glands on inner surface of pectoral fin between bases of upper rays, glandular tissue but no pore just behind pectoral base; 2 lateral lines, (upper 36-45 pores, lower 33-41 (usually 34 or more); no light organs; body covered with small imbedded scales; scales on top end at rear of nape only.

Large fish nearly uniform brown above; juveniles with dark bars; pectoral and tail fins with distinct dark and white bars, dorsal and anal fins with oblique stripes of same color; 2 lateral lines white; many of mouth barbels white.

Size: 27 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms, marine, estuarine and into freshwater.

Depth: 3-30 m.

The W Caribbean.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 27
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 30