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  Common names: sea-catfish (English), bagre (Espanol), cominata (Espanol)
Occidentarius platypogon Günther, 1864

Cominate sea-catfish

Body robust; mouth broad, lips thick;  eye large, 4.5-6.5 in head; head groove extends posteriorly from between eyes as narrow deep groove to base of bony nape process; bony nape process triangular, with strong keel; bony plate in front of dorsal fin narrow and crescentic;  palate teeth in four, often continuous patches, the inner patches much smaller than backward pointing triangular outer patches; gill openings wide, not adhering to breast; gill rakers on first arch 5-6 + 9-10; no rakers on posterior surface of first arch; dorsal rays I, 7, dorsal fin spine long and thin, with prominent granules on front surface; adipose fin base 1/2-2/3 base of dorsal fin; anal rays 18-20; pectoral rays I, 10-11.

Greyish to olive brown on back, silvery grey on sides, and white below; fins dusky; anal fin with white border.

Size: to 50 cm.

Habitat: coastal waters, usually deeper than other congeners; not found in freshwater.

Depth: 6-107 m.

Southern Baja and most of the Gulf of California to northern Peru.   


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