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Embiotoca lateralis  Agassiz, 1854

Striped seaperch
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Embiotocidae (Surfperches)
Etymology: Embiotoca: Greek, embios = permanent, for all the life + Greek, tokos,-oy = birth (Ref. 45335);  lateralis: lateralis meaning lateral - referring to its blue stripes (Ref. 6885).   More on author: Agassiz.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 21 m (Ref. 2850).   Subtropical; 57°N - 30°N, 138°W - 116°W

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Eastern Pacific: Wrangell, southeastern Alaska to Point Cabras, northern Baja California, Mexico.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 38.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. reported age: 10 years (Ref. 56049)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10 - 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-25; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 29 - 33. Copper ground color with dark brown overlay on back; a series of about 15 blue horizontal stripes below lateral line; head with several series of blue spots and stripes; fins coppery; dark areas on anterior part of rayed dorsal, base of caudal fin, anterior part of anal, and distal halves of pelvic fins (Ref. 6885).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults occur in rocky coasts and kelp beds, occasionally in sandy surf near rocks (Ref. 2850). Feed on small crustaceans, worms, and mussels; occasionally on herring eggs (Ref. 4925). Viviparous, female carries the developing young (Ref. 205).

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Viviparous, female carries the developing young (Ref. 205).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 9.3 - 15.4, mean 10.7 (based on 149 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00850 - 0.04473), b=3.02 (2.82 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.49 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=3; tmax=10).
Prior r = 0.19, 2 SD range = 0.04 - 0.88, log(r) = -1.66, SD log(r) = 0.77, Based on: 1 tgen, 1 tmax, 1 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.