Sciades dowii (Gill, 1863)
Flapnose sea catfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

 Family:  Ariidae (Sea catfishes), subfamily: Ariinae
 Max. size:  90 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Central and South America: fresh and brackish water along Pacific side from Panama to Ecuador.
 Diagnosis:  Body elongate, not very robust; nostrils connected through the snout by a narrow flap of skin; eyes small (8 to 12 times in head length); cephalic plate entirely covered with thick granules, its edges striate; lower branch of the first gill arch with 17 gill rakers; adipose fin located over the end of the anal fin, its length two to three times that of the dorsal fin. Body blue-brown or blue-gray; belly white; fins dark with numerous brown spots; maxillary barbels dark gray (Ref. 55763).
 Biology:  Found in estuaries and rivers (Ref. 9271). Feeds on small fishes and benthic invertebrates (Ref. 11482). Marketed fresh and dried-salted (Ref. 9271).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.06.95
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 23.08.14
 Checked by: Ferraris, Jr., Carl J. - 13.09.01

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