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Species: Daector reticulata, Reticulated toadfish

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filaments: few, top head only
brown + pale mesh
3 dark saddles top back
D2 25-27; A 24-26

Daector reticulata (Günther, 1864)

Reticulated toadfish

Body elongate, compressed, tapering to rear; head robust, flattened on top; relatively narrow between eyes (4.3-6.9% of SL); hair-like filaments on head and body less numerous than on D. schmitti, generally not present below under-eye canal or below lateral line of body, and extending on back no farther than 2nd-3rd ray of second dorsal fin; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth canine like; operculum with 1 hollow, venomous spine at upper corner; distancia from snout to pectoral 29.9-31.5 of SL; 2 dorsal fins, first of two hollow, venomous spines;  dorsal rays II + 25-28 (usually 26); anal rays 24-27 (usually 25); pectoral rays 16-18 (usually 17); last dorsal and anal rays separate from caudal fin; length of pelvic fins 16.2-18% of SL ; single lateral line; without light organs; no scales.

Head and body covered with brown spots with interconnecting network of tan or whitish spaces between them; three relatively large blackish saddles on upper back; anal fin with blackish submarginal stripe.

Size: grows to at least 29 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms of bays, also occurs in tidepools.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Costa Rica and Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 29
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30