Posts Tagged cabrillo mole

Horn Shark

 Order Heterodontiformes — Bullhead Sharks—Family Heterodontidae Horn shark from the Cabrillo Mole in Avalon in 2015 Species: Heterodontus francisci (Girard, 1855); from the Greek hetero (different) and odont (tooth) and the Latin francisci (referring to San Francisco). (They have a small pointed tooth at the front of their jaw and a blunt tooth at the [...]

Zebraperch

Sea Chubs—Family Kyphosidae Species: Hermosilla azure (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889); from Hermosillo (the name of the capitol city of Sonora Province in Mexico, near where first collected) and the Latin word azurea (sky-blue coloring). Alternate Names: Zebra perch, convict fish and sea chub. In Mexico called chopa azul or chopa bonita. Identification: An oval-shaped body [...]

Halfmoon

 Sea Chubs—Family Kyphosidae Halfmoon caught at Catalina in 2010 Species: Medialuna californiensis (Steindachner, 1876); from the Spanish word medialuna (halfmoon, referring to the shape of the tail) and californiensis  (California, where first found). Alternate Names: Catalina blue perch, island mackerel, blooper, blue wizard, blue perch or blue bass. In early days sometimes called medialuna. In [...]

Finescale Triggerfish

Order Tetraodontiformes  Triggerfishes—Family Balistidae Finescale triggerfish taken at the Cabrillo Mole at Avalon on Catalina Island by KJ in 2010 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, [...]

Ocean Whitefish

Tilefishes—Family Malacanthidae Ocean whitefish taken by me at the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon 2010 Species: Caulolatilus princeps (Jenyns, 1840); from the Greek words caulo (stem) and latilus (probably a similar fish) and the Latin word princeps (leader). Ocean whitefish taken by me at the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon in 2012 Alternate Names: Blanquillo, [...]