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Longjaw Mudsucker (Gillichthys mirabilis)

Chordata > Pisces > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Gobiidae

Demersal in shallow bays and mudflats. Body elongate, mottled dark olive-brown. Upper jaw very long, extending far beyond the eye and nearly to the gill opening; eyes less dorsally-oriented than other similar gobies, the space between the eyes greater than the eye diameter. Anal fin smaller than second dorsal fin, the length of the former less than the length of the head. Length to 8 inches. Gulf of California to Northern California, and introduced and established into the Salton Sea. Common; the tenth most common fish species recorded from Newport Bay (4). Marine.

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1. FishBase - Gillichthys mirabilis
2. WoRMS - Gillichthys mirabilis
3. Guide to the Coastal Marine Fishes of California (Miller and Lea, 1972)
4. Horn, M.H. and L.G. Allen, 1981. Ecology of fishes in upper Newport Bay, California: seasonal dynamics and community structure.

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