IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: toadfish (English), pez-perro (Espanol), sapo (Espanol)
Batrachoides boulengeri (Gilbert & Starks, 1904)

Sorcerer toadfish,     Boulenger's toadfish

Body elongate, depressed at front, compressed at rear; head broad, depressed,  without filaments between eyes; eyes small; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth pointed; 2 strong solid spines on upper opercle and 2 more below and behind those; dorsal fin with 3 solid spines, spiny and soft parts joined; dorsal rays III + 28-30; anal rays 26-27; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; a conspicuous pore at base of 16th-19th interradial membranes on inner side of pectoral fin; 2 lateral lines, the upper broken below posterior third of second dorsal fin and continued below posterior most part of fin as 4-15 pores; no light organs; body covered with small imbedded scales; head and breast scaleless  scales on nape to before transverse lateral line canal on nape.

Generally brown with diffuse dark saddles on back; belly whitish.

Maximum size, 40 cm.

Inhabits bays and estuaries.

Depth: 1-30 m?

El Salvador to Panama.   


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