IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: stardrum (English), mojarilla (Espanol), corvinilla (Espanol), chinita (Espanol)
Stellifer mancorensis Chirichigno, 1962

Smooth stardrum,     Fat stardrum

Body oblong, moderately high, more or less compressed; head large, broad, skull cavernous, translucent, spongy to touch, wide between eyes; snout blunt, projecting slightly beyond upper jaw; mouth opens almost at front, slight oblique; teeth in villiform bands, those in outer row of upper jaw enlarged; chin with 6 pores, a knob at front, no barbells; snout with 8 pores; margin of preopercle without spines, membranous, with soft teeth; gill rakers long and slender, 19-21; dorsal rays XII + III, 18-19, deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin; anal fin with short base II, 12-13, 2nd  spine strong, < ½ length of 1st  ray; pelvic fins with a filament; tail margin with short blunt point ; scales rough on body, smooth on breast, head and fins; soft dorsal and anal fins covered with smooth scales; lateral line pores 44-47.

Silvery brown; median fins pale yellowish brown; pectorals clear to dark; inside mouth pale; roof of gill chamber dark - visible from outside as dark blotch.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: coastal bays, on mud and sand bottoms.

Depth: 1-40 m.

El Salvador to Peru.


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