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Aspistor quadriscutis (Valenciennes, 1840)

Image contributors to this species:

Jackie Goulder (2) David Mashall (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1. Three pair of barbels on rostral region, two pairs on lower jaw, one pair on posterior end of maxilla; end of maxilla barbel reaching pectoral fin insertion; large saddle-shaped bony plate with rugosa surface in front of dorsal fin, anterior margin of this plate waved but no deep medial incision; body yellow or gray-yellow dorsally, white ventrally. Found in turbid waters over muddy bottoms in shallow coastal areas, also around estuaries , and coastal rivers. Food items include bottom-living invertebrates. Marketed fresh. Exported frozen. Reproduction period is probably between September and November. Egg diameter is 9-11 mm. Males practice mouth brooding of the eggs. Habitat: freshwater, brackish, marine.

Common Name:

Bressou sea catfish


Arius quadriscutis, Notarius quadriscutis     


Ariidae mblycipitidae


Atlantic coastal rivers of South America from Guyana to northeastern Brazil. Type locality: Cayenne ou de la Mana ... Cayenne.


50.0cm.TL (1ft 8ins)


20-27°c (67-81°f )




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase.World Wide Web electronic publication.www.fishbase.org, version (05/2011).
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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