Striped Surfperch (Embiotoca lateralis)

Category: Fish
Related species groups: Surfperch

Description and Range

Physical description

The body of the striped Surfperch is a deep oval shape and is compressed from side to side. It has a copper background color with approximately 15 bright blue and orange horizontal stripes below the high-arching lateral line. The head of the striped Surfperch has a series of blue spots and stripes. The fins are coppery and there are dark areas on the anterior part of most fins. 

Striped Surfperch can grow up to 39.6 cm (16 in) in length and 1 kg (2.2 lb)

Geographic range

Striped surfperch range from Wrangell, southeastern Alaska to Point Cabras, Baja California, Mexico. They occur in waters up to 21 m (69 ft) deep along rocky coasts, in kelp beds, and occasionally in sandy surf near rocks.

State record

WeightAnglerLocationDate Caught
2.27 lbs Chris Otte Westport, Grays Harbor County July 28, 2016

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