IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sea-catfish (English), bagre (Espanol)
Sciades dowii (Gill, 1863)

Flap-nosed sea-catfish,     Brown sea-catfish

Bony head shield very rough, granular; transverse skin flap between rear nostrils; roof of mouth with two pairs of patches of conical teeth, front pair fused centrally and almost continuous with rear pair; gill opening large, wide, not restricted by membranes being fused to breast; gill rakers on first arch 7-9 + 15-17; none on rear surface of first two arches; 3 pairs of barbells (on both jaws and chin), top barbells with very thick bases;  bony plate at front of base of dorsal fin large, saddle shaped;   dorsal rays I, 7; anal rays 17-21; pectoral rays I, 10, pectoral spine with moderately strong, curved serrate on inner margin.

Brownish blue to bluish grey on back, greyish on sides, and white below.

Size: to 90 cm.

Inhabits brackish and fresh water.

Depth: 0-15 m.

Southern Mexico to northern Peru.


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