IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: spadefish (English), chambo (Espanol), paguala (Espanol), pollera (Espanol), catecismo (Espanol)
Chaetodipterus zonatus  (Girard, 1858)

Pacific spadefish

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.


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