IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sea-catfish (English), bagre (Espanol), cuminate (Espanol)
Bagre panamensis (Gill, 1863)

Chihuil sea-catfish

Body very robust; head shield with ridges, but without granules; lips absent except at corner of mouth; only two pairs of barbels; top barbel broad, ribbon-like, reaching as far as pelvic fins; palate teeth in four patches, but fused to form narrow, continuous band; gill rakers on first arch 5-7 + 12-14; none on posterior face of first arch  dorsal rays I, 7, dorsal spine without filament; anal rays 25-30; pectoral rays I, 12-13, pectoral spine with long flattened filament reaching origin of anal fin .

Dark blue on back with brassy sheen, silvery on sides, and white below; fins dusky to pale.

Size: attains 57 cm.

Habitat: commonly caught by trawlers in coastal waters.

Depth: 0-177 m.

Southern Baja through the Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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