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gafftopsail-catfish

Gafftopsail Catfish

Bagre marinus

Appearance: Bluish above. Silvery below. Dorsal and pectoral fins with long, fleshy filaments on spines. Barbel at corner of mouth flattened, bandlike, and very elongated, somtimes reaching anal fin. Only 2 barbels on chin.

Habitat: Continental waters; enters brackish waters; usually less common than the Hardhead Catfish

State Record: 8 lb, 14 oz

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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