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Thread: Need A Positive I.D. On New Species

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    Default Need A Positive I.D. On New Species

    I landed a total of 138 fish float tube fishing a few different inner harbors over this past four day weekend and
    inside the LA Harbor I landed this new and unusual species. I can't seem to locate this species in any of my Calif Coastal Fish Species reference books.

    So far, many members on the FTFF (Float Tube Fishing Forum) agree that it's a member of the Sea Robin Family (not of this origin).
    It probably arrived here in the ballast tank of an incoming freighter.

    I'm just hoping that this species is not an invasive species. It appeared to be super healthy and well fed.

    Are there any other different positive I.D.'s out there?





    I appreciate all your inputs and or discussions

    SP Dan <"))><

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    A close long time friend of mine in SWAT thought that it might be a
    Leopard Searobin.

    Other thoughts from members on SCSF, is the Pacific Staghorn Sculipin and or the Pricklebreast Poacher.
    Last edited by SP Dan; 07-05-2017 at 10:57 AM.

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    Mottled Sculpin

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    Prionotus rubio, Blackwing searobin?



    Or Prionotus scitulus, Leopard searobin


    Neither seem to be native to the Pacific.

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    Squawfish, obviously.

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    Thank you every one for all your input.

    The eyes didn't seem to bulge up so high as in the previous photos.
    Last edited by SP Dan; 07-05-2017 at 05:31 PM. Reason: incorrect information

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    I spoke with a DF&W Warden today and he said that he had never heard of this fish before, so I gave him all he pertinent information such as: where, when and it's length.

    I also phoned the AOP in Long Beach today and spoke with Amanda in the Education Dept., this is there email response to my photos sent to Amanda.

    Hi Amanda,
    Very cool fish! I am sure that it's a sea robin of the genus Prionotus, but it doesn't exactly look like the photo reported for this species in Fish Base (our standard reference for fish identification).
    http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Prio...hanophrys.html

    However, there are some other references, like Dive Bums that certainly describe it as such.
    http://week.divebums.com/2015/Jan12-2015/index.html

    Either way, it's a very cool catch!

    Sandy Trautwein, Ph.D.
    Curator of Fish and Invertebrates
    Aquarium of the Pacific
    100 Aquarium Way
    Long Beach, California 90802

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    You can get small sculpin off shelter island in SD bay that look similar... Never seen them that big tho.. Also, I think they're poisonous.

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    Prionotus stephanophrys.. non-toxic. delicious.

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    Very cool catch,never can tell what your gonna pull up!

    Cya Tuna Vic

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