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Hyperprosopon ellipticum  (Gibbons, 1854)

Silver surfperch
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Embiotocidae (Surfperches)
Etymology: Hyperprosopon: Greek, hyper = over + Greek, prosopon = face, snout of animal (Ref. 45335);  ellipticum: From the Latin 'ellipticum' - referring to the outline of the body (Ref. 6885).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 110 m (Ref. 2850).   Subtropical, preferred ?; 55°N - 30°N, 134°W - 115°W

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Eastern Pacific: southern British Columbia, Canada to Rio San Vincente, northern Baja California, Mexico.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. reported age: 7 years (Ref. 56049)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8 - 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-28; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 29 - 34. Dark green dorsally, sides and belly silvery; a series of narrow vertical bars of pale golden pink on body wall; pectoral fins colorless (Ref. 6885). British Columbia specimens dark on end of caudal fin and free edge of spinous dorsal (Ref. 6885).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found inshore, in surf and sandy areas, also occur around rocks and piers (Ref. 2850). Intertidal and to 110 m (Ref. 96339). Viviparous, female carries the developing young (Ref. 205). Frequently caught, but not of much importance as a sport fish due to its small size (Ref. 2850).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Viviparous, female carries the developing young (Ref. 205).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
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