Fish of Orange County, California

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Photographed and 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)
Rhinobatidae
(Guitarfish)
 

California skate,
Raja inornata

Horn Shark,
Heterodontus francisci

Great white shark,
Carcharodon carcharias

Shovelnose guitarfish,
Rhinobatos productus
 
Triakidae
(Ground Sharks)
Urotrygonidae
(Round Rays)
   

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 (Herrings, Shads, Sardines, and Menhadens) Cottidae
(Sculpins)
Cynoglossidae
(Tonguefish)
Embiotocidae (Surfperches)

Giant kelpfish,
Heterostichus rostratus

Pacific Sardine, Sardinops sagax

Woolly Sculpin,
Clinocottus analis

California Tonguefish,
Symphurus atricauda

Shiner Surfperch,
Cymatogaster aggregata
Girellidae (Nibblers) Gobiidae (Gobies) Labridae
(Wrasses)
Muraenidae
(Moray Eels)

Opaleye, Girella nigricans


Yellowfin Goby,
Acanthogobius flavimanus

Blue-banded Goby,
Lythrypnus dalli

California Sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher

California Moray,
Gymnothorax mordax
Pleuronectidae (Righteye flounders) Poeciliidae
(Live-bearers) 

Diamond Turbot,
Hypsopsetta guttulata

California Halibut,
Paralichthys californicus

Curlfin sole,
Pleuronichthys decurrens

Spotted Turbot,
Pleuronichthys ritteri

Western Mosquitofish,
Gambusia affinis
Pomacentridae (Damselfishes) Priacanthidae
(Bigeyes)
Pristipomatidae Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)

Garibaldi,
Hypsypops rubicundus

Popeye Catalufa, Pseudopriacanthus serrula

California Sargo,
Anisotremus davidsonii

White croaker,
Genyonemus lineatus

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