October 2014 archives

Finescale Triggerfish

Order Tetraodontiformes — Triggerfishes — Family Balistidae KJ and a Finescale Triggerfish from the Cabrillo Mole Species: Balistes polylepis (Steindachner, 1876); Balistes comes from the Latin word ballista (a device that shoots arrows—referring to the trigger-like spine) and the Greek word polylepis (many scales) Alternate Name: Triggerfish. In Mexico called cochi, puerco coche, cochito or [...]

Rainbow Seaperch

Surfperches—Family Embiotocidae  Rainbow Seaperch from the Port San Luis Pier Species:  Hypsurus caryi (Agassiz, 1853); from the Greek word hyps  (high), the Latin word urus  (a kind of wild ox) and Greek word cary  (a nut)—apparently in reference to the shape. Family Embiotocidae, subfamily Embiotocinae. Alternate Names: Rainbow surfperch, striped perch. Called moharra by the [...]

Striped Seaperch

Surfperches—Family Embiotocidae    Striped Seaperch from the Trinidad Pier Species: Embiotoca lateralis (Agassiz, 1854); from the Greek root words embios (living) and tocos (to bring forth) and the Latin word lateralis  (lateral, due to their blue stripes). Family Embiotocidae, subfamily Embiotocinae. Alternate Names: Striped surfperch, rainbow perch, blue perch, striped surf fish. Early-day names included [...]

2014 PFIC/UPSAC Catalina Get Together

My observations of the 2014 Pier Fishing in California/United Pier and Shore Anglers of California Get Together in Avalon, Catalina SteveO and a bonito Rita and Kyle with a finescale triggerfish Rita and a yellowtail The capture of a long hoped for species, the catch of an unusual “Baja” species, and some interesting nighttime activity, [...]