All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Fish’

  • Barred Sand Bass 7681086648 O

    Barred Sand Bass

    Paralabrax nebulifer
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    Description Narrow dark bar below eye Several irregular dusky bars or bands on side Light Gray, olive or brown upper body becomes lighter toward belly; usually small yellow brown spots on head Tail square-cut First two spines of dorsal fin short followed by long third …

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  • Blacksmith 7688396584 O

    Blacksmith

    Chromis punctipinnis
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    Description Perch-shaped, gray-blue with black spots on the rear of their bodies Juveniles are bi-colored, blue-gray fronts and brassy orange rears Reach 12 inches in length, mature at 5 1/2 in and 2yrs of age Range Abundant to common southern California, occasional central California Habitat …

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  • Cabezon 7688919084 O

    Cabezon

    Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
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    Description Marbled earthtones Males generally display red shades While females are usually greenish Can change color, pale or darken to blend with background Unscaled bulbous head and stout body Triangular cirrus centered near tip of snout Range Common southern California to southern British Columbia Habitat …

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  • California Halibut 7673081684 O

    California Halibut

    Paralichthys californicus
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    Description Generally uniform shades of gray or brown, occasionally with some light mottling and spots Can be right or left eyed, tail margin arched in middle with outer edges square cut Mouth large, upper jaw extends past mid-eye Range Uncommon to rare within safe diving …

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  • California Moray 7681224898 O

    California Moray

    Gymnothorax mordax
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    Description Light to dark brown to green No pelvic, gill covers or pectoral fins Often mottled Mouth filled with numerous sharp teeth. Range Abundant Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands; common southern California Habitat Inhabit rocky reefs. Lurk in caves, crevices and other protective recesses …

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  • California Sheephead 7680989698 O

    California Sheephead

    Semicossyphus pulcher
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    Description Over 12-14 inches in length Canine teeth protrude from the front of the mouth White chin Red to orange or pink mid-body Dark head and rear body (Terminal Phase) Range They range from Monterey Bay to the Gulf of California in the Pacific Habitat …

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    California Yellowtail

    Seriola lalandi
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    Description Yellow forked tail Dusky stripe from snout, through eye, often becomes yellowish to yellow as it continues to tail Elongated, silvery body, fins often yellowish to yellow Range Common to occasional southern California (mainly in spring and summer); uncommon to rare north to British …

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  • Adult Garibaldi 7673936740 O

    Garibaldi – Adult

    Hypsypops rubicundus
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    Description Brilliant orange Juveniles have numerous iridescent blue spots until about six inchings Thin; oval-shaped body; tail deeply notched between large rounded lobes Range Abundant southern California, occasional to rare central California Habitat Inhabit rocky reefs and kelp beds Diet Feed mainly on invertebrates that …

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  • Juvenile Garibaldi 7673860828 O

    Garibaldi – Juvenile

    Hypsypops rubicundus
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    Description Brilliant orange Juveniles have numerous iridescent blue spots until about six inchings Thin; oval-shaped body; tail deeply notched between large rounded lobes Range Abundant southern California, occasional to rare central California Habitat¬† Inhabit rocky reefs and kelp beds Diet Invertebrates Interesting Facts Aggressively territorial, …

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  • Giant Kelpfish 7688849874 O

    Giant Kelpfish

    Heterostichus rostratus
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    Description Color and markings vary greatly, including shades of yellow, yellow-green, green, green-brown, red-brown, brown and lavender; can be unmarked, blotched, spotted or barred Rapidly change color and markings to camouflage with background Elongated head with pointed, slightly upturned, snout Forked tail Range Common southern …

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  • Giant Sea Bass 7673825822 O

    Giant Sea Bass

    Stereolepis gigas
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    Description Large mouth and bulky body. Sizable black spots dark brown to gray Range Uncommon but becoming occasional southern California; uncommon central California; rare north to northern California. Habitat Inhabit rocky bottoms, in vicinity of outcroppings and in kelp forests Drift in shade blending with …

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  • California Grunion 7672890782 O

    Grunion

    Leuresthes tenuis
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    Description They are small, slender fish with bluish green backs, silvery sides and bellies Their snouts are bluntly rounded and are very slippery Silversides differ from true smelts, family Osmeridae, in that they lack the trout-like adipose fin No teeth Range Found only off the …

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  • Honeycomb Rockfish 7669261500 O

    Honeycomb Rockfish

    Sebastes umbrosus
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    Description Light orange, overlaid with fine, blackish dots around margins of scales, giving body a honeycomb appearance 3 to 5 clear whitish blotches on back Orange fins Range Honeycombs have been found from Point Pinos (central California) to about Bahia San Juanico (southern Baja California) …

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  • Kelp Bass 7688835234 O

    Kelp Bass

    Paralabrax clathratus
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    Description Back and sides mottled in solid shades of brown to black; belly pate Tail square cut Large, pale to white; oval to rectangular spots or blotches on back First two spines of foredorsal fin short Range Common to occasional southern California; uncommon to rare …

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  • Lingcod 7681040304 O

    Lingcod

    Ophiodon elongatus
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    Description Head and body covered with numerous dark spots and several blotches Large mouth with prominent canine teeth Long, even spinous dorsal separated by notch just before taller soft dorsal Gold to yellow to cream, tan, light brown, blue, gray or black undercolor, belly white, …

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  • 44 NorthernAnchovy Herrmann W

    Northern Anchovy

    Engraulis mordax
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    Description Blue to greenish above; silvery below Adults have faint sliver side strip Short, rounded snout Huge, underslung mouth extends well past eye Single dorsal fin Range Abundant in California, occasional north to Queen Charlotte Islands Habitat Considered pelagic Form huge polarized schools that occasionally …

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  • Opaleye 7681188114 O

    Opaleye

    Girella nigricans
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    Description One to three whites spots on back. Bright blue to blue-green eyes Rounded, football-shaped profile Olive-green, often shaded with blue or gray; frequently white area on snout Range Common southern California; occasional to uncommon north to Oregon Habitat Inhabit shallow rocky reefs and kelp …

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  • 43pacificbarracuda 7688946856 O

    Pacific Barracuda

    Sphyraena argentea
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    Description Elongated, silver body; back often tinted brown or iridescent blue Thin, dark lateral line ¬†Forked Tail Long, large mouth with numerous lengthy, pointed teeth and slightly jutting lower jaw Range Occasional southern California to Point Conception; rare north to Gulf of Alaska Habitat Cruise …

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  • 46 PacificBonito MBA W

    Pacific Bonito

    Sarda chiliensis
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    Description It is colored blue to violet above, with metallic luster becoming silvery ventrally It has ten or eleven stripes on its back running obliquely from the dorsum forward, and fifteen or more rakers below the angle on the first gill The first dorsal fin …

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  • Pacific Mackerel 7695556998 O

    Pacific Mackerel

    Scomber japonicus
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    Description Elongated, silver body; back dark in shades of silvery green to blue, often with iridescent highlights; silvery sheen on sides reflects a ribbed pattern About five paired dorsal and anal finlets Series of numerous, dark, slightly slanting, wavy bars on back Range Common southern …

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  • Pacific Sardine 7688977506 O

    Pacific Sardine

    Sardinops sagax
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    Description Silvery with noticeable scales and blue-green tints Darker on back Row of black spots along mid-body Several deep striations on gill cover Mouth extends to eye Range Occasional California Uncommon Oregon to Alaska South to Baja and Gulf of California Habitat Considered pelagic Form …

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