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Species: Bagre pinnimaculatus, Long-barbelled sea-catfish, Red sea-catfish

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long filaments: top barbel, D & pectoral



Bagre pinnimaculatus (Steindachner, 1877)

Long-barbeled Sea Catfish, Red Sea-catfish

Body moderately robust; head shield mostly smooth; lips thin; only two pairs of barbels; upper barbel broad, ribbon-like, reaching to middle part of anal fin; palate teeth in four patches, but fused to form continuous band, except patches may be separate in young; gill rakers on first arch 1-2 + 3-4; none on rear face of first two arches; dorsal rays I, 7, dorsal spine with very elongate filament; anal rays 27-32; pectoral rays I, 13, pectoral spine with long flattened filament reaching to end of anal fin.

Steel blue to nearly black on back, silvery white with a pink cast on sides and white on belly; fins generally pale.

Maximum size, 83 cm.

Habitat: common in coastal seas and estuaries.

Depth: 0-20 m.

Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Freshwater
  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • No pelagic phase
  • Brooded
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 83
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20