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  Common names: toadfish (English), pez-perro (Espanol), sapo (Espanol)
Batrachoides walkeri Collette & Russo, 1981

Walker's toadfish

Body elongate, depressed at front, compressed at rear; head narrow, depressed; eyes very small (2.8% of SL), 2-3 short, stubby tentacles over each one; no filaments between eyes or on snout; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth pointed; 2 solid spines on upper opercle and 2 below and behind those; dorsal fin with 3 solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined; dorsal rays III, 28; anal 25 rays; pectoral 19-20 rays; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; 2 lateral lines, no light organs; body covered with small imbedded scales, none on head and breast;  scales on nape extend only a little forwards, to halfway between dorsal fin and lateral line canal on rear of head.

Body medium dark, head paler; ~ 6 dark blotches of varying sizes along top of back and tail base, some extending onto base of dorsal fin; fins pale, dorsal and anal with dark margins.

Size: 21 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 3-30 m.

The Gulf of Panama.


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