Ariopsis felis

Ariopsis felis
Hardhead Catfish – Ariopsis felis
Photo Credit: G.H. Burgess
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
AriidaeAriopsis felis(Linnaeus)1766Hardhead Catfish

Ariopsis felis

Unique Characters: Three pairs of barbels, 1 pair maxillary and 2 pairs mental, all round in cross-section.

Similar Species: Gafftopsail Catfish Bagre marinus. Only 2 pairs of barbels, one of which is mental. Maxillary barbels and filaments of dorsal- and pectoral-fin spines appearing as long, flattened ribbons.

Bagre marinus
Gafftopsail Catfish – Bagre marinus
Photo Credit: G.H. Burgess

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