And the King of the Surf is…

…the redtail surfperch, Amphistichus rhodoterus. Redtails rule theoutershores beaches. See Let’s Check Out Another Surfperch for an introduction to the redtail surfperch. They’re bigger and badder than the other common fishes they share the surf zone with and they may be more abundant too. I’m interested in the makeup of the community of fishes that reside in the…

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Does Color Matter when Cammo Rules?

I’ve made the case that color matters to surfperch in the wild and I demonstrated this by showing that given a choice, silver surfperch, Hyperprosopon ellipticum, take orange colored lures at rates higher than you would expect by chance alone. If you want to read about why color might matter to surfperch, and the details…

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Choices, Choices…Everywhere

  In celebration of my first twenty theoutershores posts, I made this fishy Word Cloud from tagxedo.com. The size of words is an index of how frequently they are used in my posts. Surfperch is the biggest word; that’s no surprise. Another relatively big word is color. I think about color a lot. Evolutionary biologists…

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Cammo Rules!

In previous posts, The color of the Caudal and An Abundance of Orange, I introduced the idea that the surf zone is a colorful place and that color matters to surfperch. There are are other species, however, that lack bright colors and maintain a cryptic presence on the outer shores. Here I feature three species…

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A Camouflaged Big-mouth on Summer Shores

Every summer, perhaps with the smaller waves of the season, the staghorn sculpin arrives on the outer shores. Wherever anglers and staghorn sculpins overlap, the former finds the latter a source of great irritation. The large gape of this small fish allows them to take quite large baits, and they do, frequently. The staghorn sculpin…

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