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Species: Notarius neogranatensis, Caribbean sculptured sea-catfish, Caribbean Sculptured Sea Catfish

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bone behind head shield - narrow, keeled
plate before D- narrow crescent
mouth wide, lips thick
roof mouth: 2 pr tooth patches form a U, inner slightly separated, touch outer
gill rakers 13-14

Notarius neogranatensis Acero & Betancur, 2002

Caribbean sculptured sea-catfish

Head rounded, broad, slightly flattened; snout overhanging mouth; eye small; shield on top of head very rough, almost reaching to between eyes; no groove on center top of head; bony process behind head shield narrow and keeled, its base broader than its tip; bony plate before base of dorsal fin spine a narrow crescent;  2 pairs of close-set nostrils; no fleshy furrow extends across snout and connects rear nostrils; three pairs of barbels (on chin and both jaws), top pair reaching past pectoral fin; gill opening wide, membranes not adhering to breast; teeth on roof of mouth pointed, on 2 plates on each side, inner pair slightly separated, touching side pair to form a U shaped arc, the side plates largest and ~triangular; no gill  rakers on rear surfaces of first two gill arches; gill rakers on front of 1st arch 13-14, on 2nd arch 13-15; bony plate above base of pectoral fin triangular, pointed; tail fin deeply forked; a complete lateral line, with branches to top and bottom base of tail fin, no scales.

Preserved fish: brownish above, whitish below.

Reaches 36.2 cm.

Known only from brackish water.

Depth range: 0-5 m?


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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Insects
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
  • Brooded
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 36.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5