Island Kelpfish

Alloclinus holderi

The fish belonging to this order have ventral (bottom-side) fins placed significantly closer to the head region which does not have scales (1). This species will have a diet composed mostly of amphipods but they also consume certain species of shrimp (2). They are bottom-dwelling fish found in the kelp beds ranging from Santa Cruz Island in Southern California to central Baja California with new records showing a wider range to the Sea of Cortez (3). The species will generally have about seven dark crossbars along the length of the fish that get lighter towards the rear of the fish (1).



(1)Barnhart, P. S. (1936). Marine fishes of southern California. Univ of California Press.

(2)North, W. J., & Hubbs, C. L. (1968). Utilization of kelp-bed resources in southern California. State of California Resources Agency and Fish and Game, Sacramento, California.

(3)González-Acosta, A. F., Miranda-Marín, M. I., De la Cruz-Torres, J., & Ruiz-Campos, G. (2018). New records and range extension of three fish species in the Gulf of California. Marine Biodiversity, 48(3), 1625-1629.