| Common names: drum (English), Caracha (Espanol), burro (Espanol), Arnillo (Espanol) |
Cheilotrema fasciatum (Tshudi, 1845)
Body high, oblong; forehead profile oblique, snout pointed, slightly overhanging small, ~ horizontal mouth; chin with 5 pores, no barbel; 13-14 short, spiny gill rakers; preopercle with smooth edge; dorsal fin X, I, 24-26, with deep notch between spiny and soft parts, second dorsal relatively low; anal short, II spines, 2nd spine heavy, 2/3 length of 1st ray, 8-9 rays; pectoral short, not reaching tip of pelvic, 18 rays; tail straight; scales rough; most of soft dorsal and anal scaled, tail fin entirely scaled; 63-70 lateral line scales.
Body dark grey brown, with indistinct broad dark bars; a whitish bar under last dorsal spines; a light area on upper body under middle of 2nd dorsal fin; a large black blotch on upper rear border of opercle; fins dark grey, pelvics darker, juveniles with a pair of dark bars at front of body, 2 dark blotches under soft dorsal that are joined by dark lines, a dark bar across tail base.
Size: 35 cm.
Habitat: caves and crevices near sandy bottoms, open bays and coasts?
Depth: 3-100 m?
Paita (Perú) to Valparaíso, Chile.