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Brachyistius frenatus Gill, 1862
Kelp Perch
Family: Embiotocidae
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© Tim Loh  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #76813)

Source: Distribution of Brachyistius frenatus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 7 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 21 - 24; Vertebrae: 31 - 34. Color variable, olive brown to coppery above lateral line, with dark pigment under each scale, bright below lateral line; dark on axil; fins either pale or rosy (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850).


Species Biology

Found among giant kelp, usually up in kelp canopy. Feeds on small crustaceans, especially ones that live on kelp. Also a cleaner which picks external parasites from other fishes. Usually occurs in large aggregations in summer (Ref. 2850). demersal; marine; depth range ? - 30 m (Ref. 2850). Subtropical.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850).



Eastern Pacific: northern British Columbia, Canada to central Baja California, Mexico, including Guadalupe Island, off north central Baja California.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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General References

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: 2024-07-21 3:55:56 AM]
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