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| Common names: spadefish (English), chambo (Espanol), paguala (Espanol), pollera (Espanol), catecismo (Espanol) |
Chaetodipterus zonatus (Girard, 1858)
Body a highly compressed disc; snout very short, blunt; no hump on forehead before and above eye; mouth small, opens at front; teeth small, brush like, in bands; dorsal fin IX, 18-23, spines well developed & connected by a membrane, separate from soft dorsal, spines low in adult, high at front in juvenile; anal fin III, 16-20; front of soft dorsal and anal elongate; pectorals short; pelvics under pectorals; tail slightly concave; lateral line complete, 46-49 scales; scales cover body, head and most fins.
Silvery white to greyish with six black bars on head and side; fins dusky blackish except pectoral and caudal yellowish; juveniles coppery brown, with dark bars and scattered dark spots.
Size: to 66 cm.
Inhabits bays and inlets with sand or rubble bottoms, also captured by trawlers on open sandy bottoms.
Depth: 1-45 m.
Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, and Malpelo.