Anisotremus davidsonii

Physical Description

  • Compressed oval shape with elevated humpback
  • Small mouth
  • Metallic silver coloration with black bar running vertically across the body (young have more than one black bar)
  • Rarely can be bright yellow, orange, or pure white


  • Santa Cruz, California to Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico
  • Gulf of California, Mexico
  • Uncommon north of Point Conception


  • Inshore, in bays
  • In rocky areas, around pilings, similar submerged structures
  • From the surface to 200 feet
  • Most common from 0 to 40 feet


  • Bottom feeders, eat small shrimps, crabs, clams, sea snails, bryozoans


Interesting Facts

  • As juveniles (under 5 inches) they are often found schooling with young salema and black croaker, before joining adult sargo schools
  • Sargo make a piglike grunt when removed from the water

Sources: California Department of Fish and Wildlife;; USGS

Photo: Herb Gruenhagen

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