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Notarius kessleri F. Steindachner, 1877
SCULPTURED SEA-CATFISH
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Notarius kessleri
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Notarius kessleri

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Notarius kessleri
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Notarius kessleri
Notarius kessleri
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Notarius kessleri

Notarius kessleri
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Notarius kessleri
Notarius kessleri
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Notarius kessleri
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Overview
Main identification features
  • top head: lines of granules
  • eye: small, high
  • snout narrow; wide mouth; thick lips
Scuptured sea-catfish, Kesslers' sea-catfish

Dorsal rays I,7; anal rays 17-20; pectoral rays I,10-11; gill rakers on first arch 3 + 8; no rakers on posterior surface of first two arches; body elongate; snout narrow, projecting beyond broad (1.8-2.4 in head length) mouth; lips thick and fleshy; eye relatively small, 2.8-3.1 in internarial distance, situated high; top of head with lines of granules, dorsomedian groove very wide, shallow and tapered posteriorly, ending well short of supraoccipital; supraoccipital process triangular, its base subequal to its length; predorsal plate narrow and crescentric; front of roof of mouth with teeth, side (palatine) teeth in four patches, but inner patches usually joined across midline; inner margin of pectoral spine with fine serrae.

Brown to blackish on back, silvery white below; fins dusky or dark bluish.

Size: grows to 45 cm.

Habitat: relatively common in coastal seas and brackish estuaries, but not entering fresh water.

Depth: 0-25 m.

Mexico (Sinaloa) to Ecuador.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 25 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=25; Southern limit=-1; Western limit=-108; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=26; Longitudinal range=30.
Egg Type: Brooded; No pelagic larva; No pelagic phase.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Estuary; Mud; Sand & gravel; Soft bottom only; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 45 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Brackish; Non Marine.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;


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References
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  • Betancur-R., R., Acero, A., 2004., Description of Notarius biffi n. sp. and redescription of N. insculptus (Jordan and Gilbert) (Siluriformes: Ariidae) from the eastern Pacific, with evidence of monophyly and limits of Notarius., Zootaxa, 703:1-20.
  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Castri-Aguirre, J.L., Espinoza-Pérez, H. and Schmitter-Soto, J.J., 2002., Lista sitemática, biogeográfica y ecológica de la ictiofauna estuarino lagunar y vicaria de México. En: Lozano-Vilano, M. L. (Ed.). Libro Jubilar en Honor al Dr. Salvador Contreras Balderas., Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León:117-142.
  • Castro-Aguirre, J.L., 1999., Ictiofauna estuarino-lagunar y vicaria de México., Editorial Limusa S.A. de C.V.: 1-629pp.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
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  • Jordan , D.S. and Gilbert, C.H., 1883., List of the fishes now in the museum of Yale College, collected by Prof. Frank H. Bradley at panama, with descriptions of three new species., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 5(1882):620-632.
  • Jordan, D.S., 1895., The fishes of Sinaloa., Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 2), 5:377-514.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Madrid Vera , J. , Ruíz Luna , A. and Rosado Bravo, I., 1998., Peces de la plataforma continental de Michoacán y sus relaciones regionales en el Pacífico mexicano., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 42(2):267-276.
  • Meek , S.E. and Hildebrand, S.F., 1923., The marine fishes of Panama. Part I., Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. Publ., XV:1-330.
  • Rojas , J. R. , Pizarro , J. F. and Castro, M.V., 1994., Diversidad y Abundancia íctica en tres áreas de manglar en el Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 42:663-672.
  • Rubio, E.A., 1988., Estudio taxonomico de la ictiofauna acompañante del camaron en areas costeras del Pacifico de Colombia., Memorias del VI Seminario Nacional de las Ciencias del Mar. Comisión Colombiana de Oceanografía. Bogota, Colombia., :169-183.
  • Starks, E. C., 1906., On a Collection of fishes made by P. O. Simons in Ecuador and Peru., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 30:761-800.
  • Steindachner, F., 1877., Ichthyologische Beiträge. IV. [With subtitles i-iv.]., Anz. Akad. Wiss. Wien, 72:551-616.
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