- Flattened, oval-shaped body
- Continuous dorsal fin (no notch between two dorsal fins)
- Olive green to yellow green body, silver belly.
- Yellow or bronze barred (vertically striped) sides, or no bars at all
- No red in tail, unlike many surfperches
- Up to 17 inches long
- Bodega Bay, California to Plaza Maria Bay, Baja California, Mexico
- Usually live in the waves or just beyond the waves (hence the name surfperch)
- Depths of 0-240 feet
- May live in kelp forests
- Sand crabs, bean clams, and other crustaceans
- Seals, larger fishes
- Also called the California Perch.
- Surfperches give birth to live young. They can give birth to 113 live young at a time!
- Tagging information has helped scientists learn that surfperch move very little, often only about 2 miles in their lifetime!
Sources: Wildcoast; California Department of Fish and Game; California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Photo: Ron DeCloux