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Species: Batrachoides waltersi, Hairy toadfish, Multipored toadfish, Walter's toadfish

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head broad
small eye
filaments: snout & between eyes
nape scales to just behind transverse canal
D 26-28; A 23-25
body - wide bars
pectoral bars + spots
C: bars

Batrachoides waltersi Collette & Russo, 1981

Multipored Toadfish, Walter'S Toadfish, Hairy Toadfish

Body elongate, depressed at front, compressed at rear; head broad, moderately depressed; eyes small (3-6% of SL); no tentacles over eye; filaments on snout and between eyes; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth pointed; 2 spines on upper opercle, 2 more below and behind those; dorsal fin with 3 solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined; dorsal rays III, 26-28; anal 23-25 rays; pectoral 21-23 rays, 16-18 glandular pores on inner membranes of pectoral fins; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; body covered with small imbedded scales; scales on nape almost reaching transverse lateral line canal on rear of head.

Body medium dark, 4-5 wide dark bars on upper back and side, another encircling tail base; dorsal dark, with broad oblique darker bands; head pale with dark blotches over top and sides; throat pale; tail with 4 dark bars, thinnest 2 in center, pale margin; anal pale with dark margin; pectoral pale with dark bars on base and margin and 2 rows dark spots in between; pelvic pale with dark tip.

Size: 35 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms, river mouths and bays.

Depth: 15-75 m.

Southern Mexico to Costa Rica.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No pelagic phase
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 15
Depth Range Max
  • 75