IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: blenny (English), borracho (Espanol), cachudito (Espanol)
Scartichthys gigas (Steindachner, 1876)

Giant blenny

Elongate, robust; head deep, blunt; a cluster of cirri at front nostril; one branched cirrus over eye, 2 irregular clusters of nape cirri; no large canines at rear of lower jaw; gill openings wide, membranes not fused to belly; dorsal fin with shallow notch between spinous and soft parts, XI-XIII, 16-18;  anal II, 18-20; pelvic I, 4; lateral line continuous, bends down above origin of anal fin, rear section consisting of 18-22 short, 2-pored tubes.

Brown, body densely covered with small irregular dark red-brown blotches on a pale background, clusters of white dots in a row of pale spots along upper back, several large whitish blotches along belly; snout with small pale spots, cheeks with scattered larger pale spot; a blackish, blotch about size of pupil behind eye; eye cirrus brown with red tip; dorsal brown, base with dark blotches, narrow red margin; tail - rays purplish brown, membranes yellowish; anal - yellow brown inner half, dark brown outer half; pelvic tan; pectoral base brown with whitish blotches, pectoral rays brown.  Juveniles  with 8-10 irregular bars on body, head pale spotted.

Size: 27 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Panama to Chile; probably only as a vagrant in our region.


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