California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Marine Sportfish Identification: Index to Common and Scientific Names

Note: Please consult current fishing regulations for species presented in this booklet. To view information on safe fishing eating guidelines, please visit the OEHHA website.

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A

Acipensor medirostris
Acipensor transmontanus
Albacore
Alopias vulpinus
Amphistichus argenteus
Amphistichus rhodoterus
Anisotremus davidsonii
Anoplopoma fimbria
Atherinopsis californiensis
Atractoscion nobilis

B

Barracuda, California
Barred sand bass
Barred surfperch
Bass, barred sand
Bass, giant sea
Bass, kelp
Bass, spotted sand
Bass, striped
Bat ray
Bigeye tuna
Black rockfish
Blue rockfish
Blue shark
Bluefin tuna
Bocaccio
Bonito, Pacific
Bonito shark
Brown smoothhound
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C

Cabezon
California barracuda
California corbina
California grunion
California halibut
California lizardfish
California sheephead
Canary rockfish
Chilipepper
Chinook salmon
Citharichthys sordidus
Citharichthys xanthostigma
Coho salmon
Common thresher shark
Copper rockfish
Corbina, California
Cowcod
Croaker, spotfin
Croaker,white
Croaker, yellowfin
Cymatogaster aggregata
Cynoscion nobilis

D

Dogfish, spiny
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E

Eopsetta jordaini
Euthynnus pelamis

F

Flounder, starry

G

Genyonemus lineatus
Giant kelpfish
Giant sea bass
Girella nigricans
Gray smoothhound
Greenling, kelp
Greenspotted rockfish
Green sturgeon
Grunion, California
Guitarfish, shovelnose
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H

Hake, Pacific
Halfmoon
Halibut, California
Halibut, Pacific
Heterostichus rostratus
Hexagrammos decagrammus
Hippoglossus stenolepis
Hyperprosopon argenteum
Hyperprosopon ellipticium

I

Isurus oxyrinchus

J

Jack mackerel
Jacksmelt

K

Kelp bass
Kelpfish, giant
Kelp greenling
King salmon

L

Leopard shark
Leptocottus armatus
Leuresthes tenuis
Lingcod
Lizardfish, California
Longfin sanddab
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M

Mackerel, jack
Mackerel, Pacific
Mako shark
Marlin, striped
Medialuna californiensis
Menticirrhus undulatus
Merluccius productus
Microgadus proximus
Morone saxatilis
Mustelus californicus
Mustelus henlei
Myliobatis californica

O

Olive rockfish
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Opaleye
Ophiodon elongatus

P

Pacific bonito
Pacific hake
Pacific halibut
Pacific mackerel
Pacific sanddab
Pacific staghorn sculpin
Pacific tomcod
Pacific whiting
Paralabrax clathratus
Paralabrax maculalofasciatus
Paralabrax nebulifer
Paralichthys californicus
Petrale sole
Platichthys stellatus
Prionace glauca
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Q

Queenfish

R

Ray, bat
Redtail surfperch
Rhacochilus toxotes
Rhinobatos productus
Roccus saxatilis
Rockfish, black
Rockfish, blue
Rockfish, canary
Rockfish, copper
Rockfish, greenspotted
Rockfish, olive
Rockfish, starry
Rockfish, vermilion
Rockfish widow
Rockfish, yellowtail
Roncador stearnsii
Round stingray
Rubberlip surfperch

S

Sablefish
Salmon, chinook
Salmon, coho
Salmon, king
Salmon, silver
Sand bass, barred
Sand bass, spotted
Sanddab, longfin
Sanddab, Pacific
Sarda chiliensis
Sargo
Scomber japonicus
Scorpaena guttata
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
Sculpin
Sculpin, Pacific staghorn
Sea bass, giant
Sea bass, white
Sebastes caurinus
Sebastes chlorostictus
Sebastes constellatus
Sebastes entomelas
Sebastes flavidus
Sebastes goodei
Sebastes levis
Sebastes melanops
Sebastes miniatus
Sebastes mystinus
Sebastes paucispinis

Sebastes serranoides
Sebastes pinniger
Semicossyphus pulcher
Seriola dorsalis
Seriola lalandi
Seriphus politus
Shark, blue
Shark, bonito
Shark, common thresher
Shark, leopard
Shark, shortfin mako
Sheephead, California
Shiner surfperch
Shortfin mako
Shovelnose guitarfish
Silver salmon
Silver surfperch
Skipjack
Smoothhound, brown
Smoothhound, gray
Sole, petrale
Spiny dogfish
Sphyraena argentea
Spotfin croaker
Spotted sand bass
Squalus acanthias
Staghorn sculpin, Pacific
Starry flounder
Starry rockfish
Stereolepis gigas
Stingray, round
Striped bass
Striped marlin
Sturgeon, green
Sturgeon, white
Surfperch, barred
Surfperch, redtail
Surfperch, rubberlip
Surfperch, shiner
Surfperch, silver
Surfperch, walleye
Swordfish
Synodus lucioceps
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T

Tetrapturus audax
Thresher shark, common
Thunnus alalunga
Thunnus albacares
Thunnus obesus
Thunnus thynnus
Tomcod, Pacific
Trachurus symmetricus
Triakis semifasciata
Tuna, bluefin
Tuna, bigeye
Tuna, yellowfin

U

Umbrina roncador
Urolophus halleri

V

Vermilion rockfish

W

Walleye surfperch
White croaker
White seabass
White sturgeon
Whiting, Pacific
Widow rockfish

X

Xiphias gladius

Y

Yellowfin croaker
Yellowfin tuna
Yellowtail
Yellowtail rockfish
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