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