IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sea-catfish (English), congo (Espanol)
Cathorops multiradiatus (Günther, 1864)

Box sea-catfish

Body elongate; eye large; top of head rough on rear half, covered with thin skin; a large, deep central groove in top of head in two sections: on snout and well behind eye, that with straight edges; bony process on nape short, funnel shaped, plate at base of dorsal fin half-moon shaped; 3 pairs of barbells (on chin and both jaws), top barbels 22.9-27.7% of SL, long; gill opening restricted to sides by adhesion of gill membranes to breast; gill rakers 16-19; rakers on posterior surface of all arches;  lips fleshy, but not thick; top jaw slender, with fine teeth at front in a continuous broad band; teeth on roof of mouth molariform, in two well-separated patches, those patches small, with few molars, those patches much larger in female, well separated in both sexes; dorsal rays I, 7, dorsal spine longer than pectoral spine;  anal rays 25-27; pectoral rays I, 10-11, pectoral spine 16.9-18.7% of SL, with long,  strong serrations on inner margin.

Charcoal or bluish brown on back, silvery on sides, and white below; fins dusky.

Size: attains 34 cm.

Inhabits brackish bays and river mouths, entering fresh water.

  Depth: 0-20 m.

Guatemala to northern Peru.


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