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Title: A key to the identification of intertidal fish of Monterey Bay
Student Author(s): Leaf, Robert
Faculty Advisor(s): Bernardi, Giacomo
Pages: 38
Location: Senior Thesis UC Santa Cruz
Keywords: Pigeon Point
Abstract: The key to the identification of the intertidal fishes of the Monterey bay represents a synthesis of works. Because compiled information on intertidal fish is lacking this key will provide the nearshore observer with a variety of types of information. This work contains a morphological key for the idenification of fishes, a description of life histories, and morphometrics and meristics as well as ranges.
Many of the steps for the identification of the fishes are those of Miller and Lea (1972). This key has been modified and adapted to be pertinent to the Monterey bay area. The key to the clinids has been adaptd from Stepiens and Rosenblatt (1991).
The descriptions of life history have come from both field research and literature. Sampling was done from April 20, 1996 to August 30, 1996. The area sampled ranged from Pigeon Pt. to the north to Mill Creek in the south. Sampling was done with dipnets, no poison was employed. The designations of low, mid, and high are those of Ricketts and Calvin (1968). Page numbers of Eschmeyer (1983) and Miller and Lea (1972) are provided for cross reference.
All counts, morphometrics, and ranges are those of Miller and Lea (1972). Pictures of fish structure on the following page are also those of Miller and Lea (1972). The reader is directed to p. 4-12 of Miller and Lea (1972) for an extensive glossary of terms as well as additional figure of fish structure.