Ariopsis felis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Hardhead sea catfish
photo by Ng, H.H.

Family:  Ariidae (Sea catfishes), subfamily: Ariinae
Max. size:  70 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 5,500.0 g
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Massachusetts and northern Gulf of Mexico to southern Florida in USA and Mexico.
Diagnosis:  4 chin barbels and a longitudinal groove in a depression on midline of head.
Biology:  Adults inhabit continental waters and enter estuaries. Found in turbid waters over muddy bottoms. Males incubate eggs in the mouth (Ref. 205). Commonly captured from catwalks, bridges and piers, particularly in passes and inland waterways. Edible, but generally not consumed (Ref. 7251).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 January 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 29.06.16
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.08.94

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