Ariopsis seemanni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Ariidae

Scientific Name: Ariopsis seemanni (Günther, 1864)
Common Name(s):
English Tete Sea Catfish
French Mâchoiron Tété
Spanish Bagre Lisa, Bagre Tete, Cuminate Negro
Arius seemanni Günther, 1864
Hexanematichthys seemanni (Günther, 1864)
Sciades seemanni (Günther, 1864)
Taxonomic Notes: Most recently, Sciades has been used as the genus for this species (Marceniuk and Menezes 2007). Further research is needed to confirm that this represents a single species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-22
Assessor(s): Cooke, R., Acero, A., Betancur, R., Rojas, P. & Cotto, A.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species is widespread in the Eastern Pacific, is common in many parts of its range, and occurs in a wide range of habitats. There are no major threats to this species, and no current indication of population decline. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, and is found from the southern Gulf of California to northern Peru.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):20
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is locally abundant in many parts of its range, and occurs in a variety of habitats.

In a fish fauna survey conducted in mangroves in Costa Rica, this species had the highest biomass of the entire study. 91,406 g (28.5%) and 201 individuals (12%) were collected in a survey from april and june 1993 (Rojas et al. 1994).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is common in coastal waters to depths of 20m, and also enters estuaries. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats.
Systems:Freshwater; Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. This species is important in small commercial fisheries. It has been used as a subsistence fishery since pre-columbian times (Cooke, 1992).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution falls partially into a number of Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Pacific region (WDPA 2006).

Citation: Cooke, R., Acero, A., Betancur, R., Rojas, P. & Cotto, A. 2010. Ariopsis seemanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T183818A8182512. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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