January 2012 archives

California Crabs —

Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans)  — Order Decapoda Crabs — Family Cancridae (Cancer Crabs) Genus Cancer ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Dungeness Crab •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A Dungeness from the Pacifica Pier Species: Cancer magister (Dana, 1852). Some scientists, based on the shapes of the teeth of the carapace, have called for a new genus name Metacarcinus which would mean a scientific name of [...]

Evolution Of A Pier Rat — Ken Jones

Crystal Pier The Beginning Pacific Beach was a different place in 1957 when my daddy moved our family into a small rental house located just a few yards off of Garnet Avenue, one of the two main thoroughfares in that beachfront section of San Diego. The house set at the bottom of a hill and, [...]

Spotfin Croaker —

Spotfin Croaker — Oceanside Pier Species: Roncador stearnsii (Steindachner, 1876); from the Spanish word roncador (in reference to a snorer) and stearnsii  (referring to Robert E. C. Stearns, a 19th Century sea shell expert in San Francisco). Alternate Names: Spot, spotties, golden croaker or roncador. Called roncador aleta manchada in Mexico. Yellowfin Croaker (Top), Spotfin [...]