Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Ariidae
(Sea catfishes) > Ariinae
Etymology: Cathorops: Greek, kathorao = to observe, to watch + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335); manglarensis: The specific epithet manglarensis makes reference to type-locality and life habit of the species, common in mangrove regions and estuaries from the Colombian Pacific (Ref. 58753).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Colombia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 58753); 19.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Cathorops manglarensis is distinguished from all congeners through the following combination of characters: 13-16 gill rakers on first arch; 24-27 anal fin rays; dorsal fin spine shorter than pectoral fin spine; posterior margin of pectoral fin spine with shorter serrations. This species can be further distinguished from each of the other species from the Pacific coast of Central and South America by additional characters. Cathorops manglarensis is distinguished from C. dasycephalus in lacking vomerine tooth plates (vs. vomerine tooth plates present) and an osseous bridge formed by the lateral ethmoid and frontal without granulation (vs. granulated along its entire extension). It differs from C. fuerthii by having a median groove of neurocranium deep and large, with lateral margins regular and progressively narrower posteriorly (vs. median groove narrow and shallow, with irregular margins along its entire extension), anterior nostrils closer to each other (3.6-4.8 vs. 4.9-6.0% SL), longer external mental barbel (19.7-24.4 vs. 15.9–19.7% SL), longer internal mental barbel (12.5–17.9 vs. 10.3–12.9% SL), and longer
anal fin base (21.0–24.5 vs. 17.8–19.4% SL). It differs from C. hypophthalmus in possessing a shorter distance between anterior nostrils (3.6–4.8 vs. 6.9–7.1% SL) and between posterior nostrils (5.2–7.1 vs. 8.2–8.5% SL), larger orbital diameter (3.7–4.8 vs. 3.0–3.5% SL), narrower mouth (8.8–10.5 vs. 13.1–13.2% SL) and with shorter external mental barbel (19.7–24.4 vs. 34.5–38.1% SL), internal mental barbel (12.5–17.9 vs.
26.1–31.2% SL), and dorsal fin spine (16.9–19.2 vs. 25.0–25.2% SL). Cathorops manglarensis differs from C. multiradiatus in possessing a longer maxillary barbel (28.4–38.2 vs. 22.9–27.7% SL) and pectoral fin spine (18.5–22.5 vs. 16.9–18.7% SL), and longer and wider accessory tooth plates with large and numerous molariform teeth (vs. shorter and narrow accessory tooth plates with small and few molariform teeth). Cathorops manglarensis differs from C. tuyra in possessing a longer internal mental barbel (12.5–17.9 vs. 8.20–12.4% SL) and pectoral fin spine (18.5–22.5 vs. 16.9–18.7% SL), shorter nuchal plate (5.0–6.8 vs. 6.8–7.5% SL), longer anal fin base (21.0–24.5 vs. 13.9–18.3% SL), deeper caudal peduncle (7.8–8.9 vs. 5.8–7.8% SL), and accessory tooth plates and dentary with moderately large molariform teeth (vs. accessory
tooth plates and dentary with very large molariform teeth) (Ref. 58753).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Marceniuk, A.P., 2007. Description of Cathorops manglarensis, a new species from the Colombian Pacific, with redescription of Cathorops multiradiatus (Siluriformes; Ariidae). Zootaxa 1529:33-48. (Ref. 58753)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Traumatogenic (Ref. 58010)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .