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Bothragonus swanii (Steindachner, 1876)
Family: Agonidae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #43706)

Source: Distribution of Bothragonus swanii as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 2 - 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4 - 5; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4 - 5; Vertebrae: 32. Dorsal fins small; caudal fin rounded; pectoral fins large, supported well out from sides of body; pelvic fins very narrow and rays appear fused (Ref. 6885). Color very variable, depending on background; brown with dark bars, orange with bluish bars, or scarlet with brown bars (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197)


Species Biology

Inhabits intertidal areas and to 18 m depth (Ref. 2850). Frequently caught in tide pools (Ref. 28197). Its food consists mainly of tiny crustaceans (shrimp and crab-like creatures) which are picked from the bottom or very close to it (Ref. 4930). Demersal spawner in nearshore habitats (Ref. 56049). demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 18 m (Ref. 2850). Temperate.

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197)



Eastern Pacific: Kodiak Island, Alaska to Carmel Bay, Monterey County, California, USA (southernmost range confirmed by J.R. Wolfe, pers. Comm. 09/02).

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-06-21 8:30:24 PM]
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