The Spring-Summer Ichthyofauna of Surf grass (Phyllospadix) Meadows Near San Diego, California
DeMartini, Edward E.
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The spring-summer ichthyofauna of surfgrass (Phyllospadix) meadows near San Diego, California by E. E. DeMartini, Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci., 80(2):81-90, 1981. Daytime underwater observations were made of the noncryptic fishes that inhabited shallow subtidal (0-3 m below MLLW) surfgrass meadows near San Diego, California, during the spring-summer periods of 1977 and 1978. The juveniles and adults of an atherinid fish (Atherinops affinis) were most ubiquitous and numerically abundant. Other common rocky, inshore and kelp (Macrocystis) bed fishes (e.g., Oxyjulis calif ornica, Girella nigricans, Embiotoca jacksoni) also were commonly encountered. Although juveniles-subadults were present, adults predominated for many species.