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  Common names: toadfish (English), picador (Espanol), sapo (Espanol)
Daector reticulata 1864)

Reticulated toadfish

Body elongate, compressed, tapering to rear; head robust, flattened on top; relatively narrow between eyes (4.3-6.9% of SL); hair- like filaments on head and body less numerous than on D. schmitti, generally not present below under-eye canal or below lateral line of body, and extending on back no farther than 2nd-3rd ray of second dorsal fin; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth canine like; operculum with 1 hollow, venomous spine at upper corner; distancia from snout to pectoral 29.9-31.5 of SL; 2 dorsal fins, first of two hollow, venomous spines;  dorsal rays II + 25-28 (usually 26); anal rays 24-27 (usually 25); pectoral rays 16-18 (usually 17); last dorsal and anal rays separate from caudal fin; length of pelvic fins 16.2-18% of SL ; single lateral line; without light organs; no scales.

Head and body covered with brown spots with interconnecting network of tan or whitish spaces between them; three relatively large blackish saddles on upper back; anal fin with blackish submarginal stripe.

Size: grows to at least 29 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms of bays, also occurs in tidepools.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Costa Rica and Panama.   


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