TAXONOMY
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Kyphosidae (Sea chubs)

Genus/species: Girella nigricans

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: To 25.4 inches and 13 1/2 pounds; most caught off piers are under 16 inches. Ovally rounded football-shaped profile. Olive-green, frequently shaded with blue or gray; often the snout has a white-colored area. Can display a silvery-white spotted pattern over the entire body; one to three white spots on back. Bright blue to blue-green eyes.

DISTRIBUTION?HABITAT: Oregon to southern Baja California intertidal species with strong homing behavior. Can leave tide pools if aquatic conditions become inhospitable. Also found near or over rocky reefs and in kelp beds up to about 30 m (100 ft) depth..

DIET IN THE WILD: Omnivore feeding diurnally, mainly on seaweeds;
occasionally take invertebrates.

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PREDATORS: A popular sport fish, also a mild, good-eating fish, sold commercially as “perch.”

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