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Species: Peristedion barbiger, Bearded armored-searobin

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keel along side head wide, ends in sharp wing
snout plates short, converging
D1: large black spot
barbels: filamentous v short; chin - many in short, thick beard

Peristedion barbiger Garman, 1899


Bearded armored-searobin


The head and body flattened below and completely covered in a heavy armor of bony plates and spines; bony keel along side of  head wide, ends in a sharply pointed wing; snout long and broad, extended in a pair of short, broad, narrowly separated bony plates that usually converge towards front; rostral spines present, point forward and converge nasal spines weak or absent; barbels below the lower jaw in a short, thick beard,  filamentous barbell 1, short, rarely reaches to eye; no large spines on the preoperculum; dorsal fin divided into spiny and soft parts, VIII + 18; pectoral fin with main fin (11-13) plus 2 free rays below; anal fin without spines, 18-20; pelvic fins are wide apart, below base of pectorals, with I, 5 rays; lateral line plates 33.

Brick red body; fins pale translucent pinkish; outer 2/3 of first dorsal covered by a large black blotch.

Reaches 15.5 cm.

Habitat: on soft bottoms.

Depth 50-295 m.

Costa Rica to northern Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Beach
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15.5
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 295