Porichthys margaritatus (Richardson, 1844)
Daisy midshipman
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Batrachoididae (Toadfishes), subfamily: Porichthyinae
Max. size:  17 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 4 - 137 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico to Bahía de Sechura, Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits offshore, soft bottom habitats and migrate into shallow reef areas to spawn in late spring and early summer. Mainly nocturnal. Stays buried in the sand or other soft substrate during the day. Rises up the water column at night to feed (Ref. 28023). Neither opercular nor dorsal glands is venomous (Ref. 57406).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 13.08.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.06.95

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