Fish of Orange County, California

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Compiled by Peter J. Bryant (pjbryant@uci.edu
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697

Chondrichthyes
Rajidae
(Skates)
Heterodontidae
(Bullhead Sharks)
Lamnidae
(White Sharks)
Platyrhinidae
(Thornback Rays)
Rhinobatidae
(Guitarfish)

California skate,
Raja inornata

Horn Shark,
Heterodontus francisci

Great white shark,
Carcharodon carcharias

Thornback Guitarfish,
Platyrhinoidis triseriata


Shovelnose guitarfish,
Rhinobatos productus
Sphyrnidae
(Hammerhead Sharks)
Triakidae
(Ground Sharks)
Urotrygonidae
(Round Rays)
 
Hammerhead Shark off Dana Point
Gray Smoothhound,
Mustelus californicus

Leopard Shark,
Triakis semifasciata

Round Stingray,
Urobatus halleri
 
Osteichthyes
Atheriniopsidae
(New World silversides
)
Belonidae
(Needlefish)
Blennidae
(Combtooth Blennies)
Chaenopsidae
(Chaenopsid Blennies)

Topsmelt,
Atherinops affinis

California Grunion,
Leuresthes tenuis

Needlefish, Belonidae

Bay Blenny,
Hypsoblennius (gentilis?)

One-spot Fringehead,
Neoclinus uninotatus
Cliniidae (Clinid Blennies) Clupiidae (Sardines, etc) Cottidae (Sculpins) Cynoglossidae
(Tonguefish)

Striped Kelpfish,
Gibbonsia metzi

Giant kelpfish,
Heterostichus rostratus

Pacific Sardine, Sardinops sagax

Woolly Sculpin,
Clinocottus analis

California Tonguefish,
Symphurus atricauda
Embiotocidae (Surfperches) Girellidae (Nibblers)  

Kelp Perch,
Brachyistius frenatus

Shiner Surfperch,
Cymatogaster aggregata

Black Surfperch,
Embiotoca jacksoni

Opaleye,
Girella nigricans

 
Gobiidae (Gobies) Haemulidae (Grunts) Kyphosidae (Sea Chubs)

Yellowfin Goby,
Acanthogobius flavimanus

Blue-banded Goby,
Lythrypnus dalli

Californian Salema,
Xenistius californiensis

Zebra-perch,
Hermosilla azurea

Halfmoon,
Medialuna californiensis
Labridae (Wrasses)    

Rock Wrasse,
Halichoeres semicinctus

Senorita,
Oxyjulis californica

California Sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher
   
Muraenidae
(Moray Eels)
Pleuronectidae (Righteye flounders)

California Moray,
Gymnothorax mordax

Diamond Turbot,
Hypsopsetta guttulata

California Halibut,
Paralichthys californicus

Curlfin sole,
Pleuronichthys decurrens

Spotted Turbot,
Pleuronichthys ritteri
Poeciliidae
(Live-bearers) 
Pomacentridae (Damselfishes) Priacanthidae
(Bigeyes)
Pristipomatidae

Western Mosquitofish,
Gambusia affinis

Garibaldi,
Hypsypops rubicundus


Blacksmith,
Chromis punctipinnis


Popeye Catalufa, Pseudopriacanthus serrula

California Sargo,
Anisotremus davidsonii
Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)    

White croaker,
Genyonemus lineatus

California Corbina,
Menticirrhus undulatus

Yellowfin Croaker,
Umbrina roncador
   
Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) Serranidae (Sea Basses and Groupers) Stichaeidae (Pricklebacks) Syngnathidae (Seahorses and Pipefish)

California Scorpionfish,
Scorpaena guttata

Barred Sand Bass,
Paralabrax nebulifer

Monkeyface Prickleback, Cebidichthys violaceus

Pacific Seahorse,
Hippocampus ingens

Bay Pipefish,
Syngnathus leptorhynchus