|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Bagre marinus (Mitchill, 1815)|
|Common Names||Gafftopsail Catfish
Bagre Cacumo (Puerto Rican), Topsejlmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||New York, U.S.A.|
|Synonym(s)||Aelurichthys longispinis, Felichthys marinus, Galeichthys bahiensis, Galeichthys blochii, Galeichthys parrae, Silurus marinus|
|Pronunciation||BAG ray - mar in uss|
|Etymology||Bagre: From the Mozarabic bagre, taken from Greek, pagros, meaning fish (of the genus Dentex). Now used in Spanish vernacular to mean catfish.|
|Size||600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Overall gray with a blue sheen. Barbels on upper jaw noticeably flat. Long filaments on pectoral and dorsal fins reaching nearly to or beyond the anal fin. Caudal fin deeply forked with slightly longer upper lobe. Anal fin with concave margin.|
|General Remarks||Where plentiful, they are caught on longlines, bottom trawls, shore seines, cast nets, and hook and line. Not considered a food fish in North America, but eaten throughout the Caribbean and Northern South America where its flesh is considered tasty.|
|Distribution||Occurs in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Atlantic, West Atlantic (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Atlantic, Caribbean Sea (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||8.0 - 8.4|
|Temperature||10.0-20.0°C or 50-68°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||This is a true marine fish.|
|Feeding||An opportunistic feeder in the wild that would be expected to consume a wide range of aquarium fare.|
|Furniture||A marine aquarium containing a sand substrate and live rock to provide hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Other cold to cool water marine fishes that are too large for this fish to eat.|
|Breeding||Unreported. It is known that spawning in the wild occurs from May to June and that the male holds the large fertilized eggs in its mouth for up to two months until they hatch. The male does not eat during the incubation period.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Trans. Lit. Phil. Soc. N. Y.v. 1 - pp433
Burgess W. E. (1989) An Atlas of Freshwater and Marine Catfishes: A Preliminary Survey of the Siluriformes. TFH.
Cervigon F. (1991) Los peces marinos de Venezuela. Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques.
Murdy E. O., R. Birdsong, and J. A. Musick (1997) Fishes of Chesapeake Bay. Smithsonian.
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 15:39 (species record created: 2001 Nov 11 00:00)|