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Giant Kelpfish (Heterostichus rostratus)

Chordata > Pisces > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Clinidae

Demersal to 40m, often among kelp. Body slender and elongate, varying in color from brown to green with lighter mottling. Dorsal fin with more spines than soft rays, and pectoral fins short, not extending beyond origin of anal fin. Snout pointed, with short mouth not extending beyond eye. Caudal fin forked, distinct among all Southern California Kelpfish. Length to 2 feet. Baja to BC (3) Common; the 18th most commonly recorded fish species from Cabrillo Beach (4) Marine.

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1. FishBase - Heterostichus rostratus
2. WoRMS - Heterostichus rostratus
3. Guide to the Coastal Marine Fishes of California (Miller and Lea, 1972)
4. Allen, L. G., M. H. Horn, F. A Edmands II and C. A. Usui, 1983. Structure and seasonal dynamics of the fish assemblage in the Cabrillo Beach area of Los Angeles Harbor, California.

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