The gafftopsail catfish (Bagre marinus) is one of the species of most importance to fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly in the coastal region of Tabasco. Annual reproductive cycle of gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus (Ariidae) in a tropical coastal environment in the Gulf of Mexico. Ciclo reproductivo anual del. Taxonomic Notes: Bagre marinus is a species complex that includes two species, Bagre marinus sensu strictu and Bagre bahiensis (Betancur and Marceniuk.

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Analyzes of stomachs contents of individuals 97 females and 68 males for dry season, females and 38 males for rainy season and 83 females and 44 males for nortes season obtained from two commercial landings located in the Chiltepec municipality, Paraiso, Tabasco along one year May to April Ecology of three sea catfishes Ariidae in a tropical coastal ecosystem – Southern Gulf of Mexico.

No significant differences were finding in total diet between females and males. It is known that the size of oocytes in ariid species is large compared with those of other teleost fishes, although most studies present only the average size of hydrated oocytes.

This gap was due to a historically prohibition of fishing activities during the bsgre season” Augustthat is self-imposed by fishermen. Differences between proportions were tested by chi-square test Zar The gafftopsail feeds throughout the water column.

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A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Sampling problems are evident in the present study, particularly the lack of samples during August likely an important month of the reproductive season. Journal of Fish Biology 34, The gafftopsail catfish has maxillary barbels and one pair of barbels on the chin. The food and feeding of two co-occurring marine catfish Galeichthys feliceps and G.


Juvenile and adult gafftopsail catfish use these ecosystems for feeding, recruitment, growth, reproduction and spawning. No significant differences between sexes and interaction between months and sex were detected Table 2.

The primary food of juveniles is unidentifiable organic matter; the secondary food is fish, with smaller amounts from other trophic groups. Unlike many other catfish, which are primarily bottom feeders, the gafftopsail catfish feeds throughout the water column. Males keep up to 55 eggs in their mouths until they hatch. Therefore, the year can be divided into two climatic periods: Albinism in the banded knifefish, Gymnotus carapo. Several cases of albinism have been reported in catfish Table 1but until now no record of an albino gafftopsail catfish has been reported.

This paper describes the first record of albinism in the gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinuson the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. The reduced environmental stress on eggs and larvae through mouthbrooding, increases survival Balon A low variation in landing volume was observed for this species in Tabasco State throughout the ‘swith an average volume of tons.

The maximum values for females On an albino of the marine cat fish, Tachysurus tenuispinis Day. Optimal foraging theory in the marine context.

Gafftopsail catfish

In most tropical catfishes species A. The gafftopsail catfish Bagre marinus is one of the species of most importance to fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly in the coastal region of Tabasco State, where it is captured bavre almost all year round in shallow coastal zones.


Few seasonal changes in diet of both sexes were observed, with a abgre increase of occurrence of fishes and diminution of stomatopods and penaeid shrimps. Monthly differences were tested using the Kruskal-Wallis test and nonparametric multiple comparison Zar The highest proportions of females were observed during November, January and March with Marinux considered good; marketed fresh Ref.

They are caught with lures such as plugs, spoons, spinners, cut bait, and shrimp, as well as soft plastic lure resembling shrimp, worms, and shad. Bagge depth reported taken from Ref. Fecundity The mean number of mature hydrated oocytes per female was 33, ranging from 21 to During December we collect only measures of fishes but not gonads and during August and April we did not collect samples of any type. Marine Biodiversity Records 3: The catch depth ranged from 10 to 40 m.

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This is the first report of albinism in the genus Bagre and in all fish from the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Contributions in Marine Science 27, This exceeds the nine weeks reported for other catfishes: Scientia Marina 54, The GSI and the modal progression of the frequency distribution of oocyte diameter, indicates that spawning occurred mainly during August.