Coastal Fish ID California to Alaska


Brosmophycis marginata

Very rarely caught by recreational harvesters within Puget Sound.

Description: The body of the red brotula is bright red and, occasionally orangish to brownish red. The lower sides and belly are pale red. This species has four (two long and two short) barbell-like ventral fin rays in place of well-developed pectoral fins. Both the dorsal and anal fins are covered with skin that extends to the deep notched base of a small tail. The caudal fin is small and round. The fore-lateral line is arched, with a slight break between it and the straight rear-lateral line, which extends to the tail. The red brotula has pink lips and secretes reddish mucus.

Maximum Size: To 46 cm (18 in) in length.

Maximum Age: Information is lacking for this species.

Range/Habitat: Red brotula range from southeastern Alaska to southern California. They are found at depths ranging from 3-256 m (10-840 ft) and inhabit rocky, boulder-strewn areas, reefs, and walls.

Sources:

  • Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p.
  • Humann, P. and H. Hall, 1996. Coastal fish identification: California to Alaska. New World Pubns Inc.
Photos: J. Selleck

Ocean Habitat Extinction

2011-06-21 13:13:19 by FWLittle

Frightening new dynamics have emerged about
the Planet's ecosystem. Thousands of ocean species are dying which will soon result in complete ocean restructuring or perhaps total ocean destruction. That portends BIG MONEY change and crises of alarming magnitude. To conclude the planet's absolute nature balance will reorder only scratches the matter's impact. Caused by pollution poisoning and global warming, then exacerbated by over-fishing, this nightmare unfolds a scenario
dwarfing any Loch Ness fantasy version.
What can be done to stop/delay the situation?
First easiest solution suggests government legislation to monitor, control catch and provide disciplinary corrections


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