Posts Tagged Seal Beach Pier

California Corbina

Corbina taken by Jimbojack at the Huntington Beach Pier Species: Menticirrhus undulates (Girard, 1854); from the Latin words menticirrhus (chin barbel) and undulatus (waved, referring to the wavy lines on its sides). Alternate Names: Whiting or California whiting, king croaker, corbie, corvina, bagre and the favorites of many—bean and beanie. In Mexico called berrugata californiana. [...]

Basketweave Cusk-Eel

Order Ophidiformes  Cusk-Eels—Family Ophidiidae Cusk-eel (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Species: Ophidion scrippsae  (Hubbs, 1916); from the words otophidium (referring to the large sacklike inner ear) and scrippsae  (in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps who helped establish the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Alternate Names: Eel or California cusk-eel. In Mexico they’re [...]

Round Stingray

Order Myliobatidiformes — Round Stingrays—Family Urolophidae   Round Stingray from the Ferry Landing Pier in Coronado, 2013 Species: Urobatis halleri (Cooper, 1863); Urobatis comes from two Greek words meaning tail and ray; halleri is from George Haller (1852-1889). Alternate Names: Stingray, stingaree or stinger. Called raya de espina, raya redonda común, or raya redonda de aguijón [...]

California Needlefish

 Order Atheriniformes  Needlefishes—Family Belonidae Needlefish caught from the Hermosa Beach Pier by Frenchy in 2002 Species: Strongylura exilis (Girard, 1854); from strongylura (meaning round tail) and exilis (meaning slender). Alternate Names:  Garfish, pike needlefish, billfish. Called agujón bravo de California or agujón Californiano in Mexico. Identification:  Jaws form a long, pointed needle-like beak with many [...]

Blackperch

   Blackperch from the Ferry Point Pier in Richmond Species: Embiotoca jacksoni (Agassiz, 1853); from the Greek word embiotoca (bringing forth living young), and jacksoni  (in honor of A. C. Jackson of San Francisco, who first noted that these perch give birth to living young and brought it to the attention of Alexander Agassiz who [...]