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Rev. biol. mar. oceanogr. 48(1): 203-206

Research Note

 

First record of albinism in gafftopsail catfish Bagre marinus (Pisces: Ariidae) from southeast Mexico

Armando T. Wakida-Kusunoki1 and Luis Enrique Amador-del-Ángel2

1Instituto Nacional de Pesca, Centro Regional de Investigación Pesquera, Av. Héroes del 21 de Abril s/n, Col. Playa Norte, C.P. 24120, Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, México
2Universidad Autónoma del Carmen, Centro de Investigación de Ciencias Ambientales (CICA), Av. Laguna de Términos s/n Col. Renovación 2da Sección, C.P. 24155, Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, México

E-mail: armandowakida@yahoo.com.mx;leamador@yahoo.com

 

This paper describes the first record of albinism in the gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus, on the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. The standard length of the albino specimen was 311 mm and the gutted weight was 962 g. It is not only the first record of albinism of the Bagre genus, but of any kind of fish in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Key words:   Abnormalities, pigmentation, Tabasco

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