IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

Comprehensive Description

Read full entry


  Common names: sea-catfish (English), bagre (Espanol)
Notarius troschelii (Gill, 1863)

Chili sea-catfish

Body robust; forehead rough, with thin skin, its central groove broad and shallow; bony process on nape behind head shield short (4.7-6.7% of SL)  and with wide base (7.5-8.8% of SL); wide between front nostrils (8-9.5% of SL; mouth wide (13.2-15.9% of SL); teeth at front of top jaw sharp and small, in a broad band; roof of mouth with conical teeth conical, in four patches, two inner ones may be fused and joined with large outer patches; gill opening wide, membranes not adhering to breast; gill rakers on first arch 11-12, 10-13 on second arch, neither arch with rakers on rear surface;  plate at front of dorsal fin base large, square or hexagonal and shaped like a forward pointing arrow; dorsal rays I, 7; anal rays 18-20; pectoral rays I, 10-11, inner margin of pectoral spine finely serrated; bony plate above base of pectoral fin triangular, pointed.

Dark brown or bluish on back, silvery white on sides and belly; fins dusky.

Size: reaches 52 cm.

Habitat: coastal waters; mainly marine and not common in shallow turbid waters, prefers deeper water of estuaries, not in rivers.

Depth: 10-30 m?

Eastern Gulf of California to northern Peru.   


Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

© Shorefishes of the tropical eastern Pacific online information system. www.stri.org/sftep

Source: Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!