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n.1.(Zool.) A small California food fish (Heterostichus rostratus), living among kelp. The name is also applied to species of the genus Platyglossus.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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sp., is established based on female and male specimens obtained from the Giant Kelpfish, Heterostichus rostratus Girard, 1854, and Striped Kelpfish, Gibbonsia metzi Hubbs, 1927, captured at Inner Cabrillo Beach in southern California, U.S.A.
Multiple origins of the Juan Fernandez kelpfish fauna and evidence for frequent and unidirectional dispersal of cirrhitoid fishes across the South Pacific.
Ken Gobalet at CSU Bakersfield inspected a sample of fish bones showing that fish consumed at the Market Street Chinatown included local freshwater species (pike, Sacramento blackfish, Sacramento sucker, and Sacramento perch), marine species of northern California (cabezone) and southern California (sheephead, senorita, and ocean whitefish), exotic species likely from Asia (drumfish), and a number of taxa found in multiple climates (houndsharks, carp, toadfish, kelpfish, rockfish, chub mackerel, and sea bass).
Life history and larval development of the giant kelpfish, Heterostichus rostratus Girard, 1854.
Among clinid kelpfish with disjunct distributions between central California and Baja California, patterns of genetic differentiation indicate relatively high levels of gene flow between these regions (Stepien and Rosenblatt 1991).