IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sea-catfish (English), bagre (Espanol)
Galeichthys peruvianus Lütken, 1874

Peruvian sea-catfish

Body slender, more so at rear; top of head smooth, covered with thick skin; head length ~ 30% of SL; bone at rear top of head wide, separated by a small bone from the semilunar plate in front of the dorsal fin; groove on top of head moderately deep, extends back to between eyes; eye diameter ~ 14% of head length; snout rounded; mouth moderately wide; jaws with wide bands of small teeth; center of roof of mouth with 2 small tooth plates that are contiguous with long lateral tooth plates; 3 pairs of barbels, top-most not reaching pectoral fins; bony plate above base of pectoral fin a broad fan; anal 15-18 rays; pectoral 10-11 rays.

Upper body blue-black to red-brown; belly white; a silvery white to cream stripe from shoulder to middle of tail base; fins dark.

Size: 35 cm.

Habitat: marine, coastal waters.

Depth: 0-30 m?

A temperate species; northern Peru to northern Chile.


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