Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Ariidae
(Sea catfishes) > Galeichthyinae
Etymology: Galeichthys: Greek, galeos = a shark + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lütken.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal. Tropical; 3°S -
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39852)
This species is distinguished by the following characters: slender head and body, with body posteriorly well tapered; pointed caudal fin lobes, upper lobe longer; long and narrow caudal peduncle; lateral body with silvery to reddish stripe; tooth patches posterior to premaxillary tooth band slightly separated at midline; Anterior gillrakers on first arch 13-15; external skull with shallow, narrow dorsomedian groove, extending from interorbital area to base of supraoccipital; cranial fontanelles (of exposed skull) set within steeply-welled median cranial depression, or fissure, with nearly parallel sides; rugose skull, striate and tuberculate in part; swimbladder angularly heart-shaped and anterior margins more triangular than rounded, longitudinal septum of posterior chamber of swimbladder traversed by one smaller septum; aortic canal on ventral side of Weberian apparatus uncovered by lamellae (no aortic tunnel formed); Müllerian ramus of fourth vertebra with irregularly textured, ovoid, concave facet on ventral side; posterior (humeral) process of the cleithrum broad and blade-like (Ref. 85159).
Southeastern Pacific: Peru.
Found in coastal waters (Ref. 9271). Marketed fresh and also reduced to fishmeal (Ref. 9271).
Kulongowski, C., 2010. Revision of the ariid catfish genus Galeichthys Valenciennes (subfamily Galeichthyinae), with description of a new species from South Africa and designation of a neotype for G. ater Castelnau. Smithiania Bull. (12):9-23. (Ref. 85159)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Traumatogenic (Ref. 58010)
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00364 - 0.02509), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .