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Bagre bagre (Linnaeus, 1766)

Image contributors to this species:

FAO (1) Jeppe Kolding (1) Drake Shaw (3) Donald Taphorn (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Two pairs of barbels on rostral region, one pair on lower jaw, one pair on posterior end of maxilla; end of maxilla barbel beyond anal fin origin; pectoral spine filament long, reaching anal fin origin; dorsal, pectoral, and pelvic fin membranes black; anal fin membrane black distally (some individuals white), white proximally; body silver gray or blue grey dorsally, silver white ventrally. Chiefly marine, common around river mouths and also entering river estuaries. Diet: Feeds on small fishes and invertebrates, such as crustaceans. Breeding: reproductive season in French Guiana is from May to November; male incubates the eggs in his mouth until they hatch; for a few days the newborn (30-40mm) may hide in the mouth of the male in the presence of danger.

Common Name:

Coco sea catfish


Silurus bagre, Felichthys filamentosus, Galeichthys gronovii, Bagrus macronemus, Mystus carolinensis




South America: Caribbean and Atlantic coastal rivers of South America, from Colombia to the mouth of the Amazon River


50cm. (20ins)


12-26°c (61 -79°f )


7.0 -8.5.


Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version
Uyeno, T., K. Matsuura and E. Fujii (eds.), 1983. Fishes trawled off Suriname and French Guiana. Japan Marine Fishery Resource Research Center, Tokyo, Japan. 519 p.
Taylor, W.R. and N.A. Menezes, 1978. Ariidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. West Atlantic (Fishing Area 31). volume 1. [pag. var.]. FAO, Rome.
Mol, H.A. Jan, The Freshwater Fishes of Suriname. BRILL, Leiden Boston, 2012. 889 p.



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