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Damselfishes

Blacksmith

Chromis punctipinnis

       
(1: Black Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 2-3,8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4-5: Hen Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 6: Arch Point, Santa Barbara Island / 7: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island)

At night, they get a mottled appearance:
(1: Sea Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island)

These are juveniles:
  
(1-2: Starlight, Santa Catalina Island / 3: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island)


Garibaldi

Hypsypops rubicundus

       
(1: Starlight, Santa Catalina Island / 2: Black Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 3-4: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 5: Eel Point, San Clemente Island / 6-7: Ship Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 8: Hen Rock, Santa Catalina Island)

This is the California state fish.  Appropriate, because it's colorful and gets in your face.

Intermediate phase / young adults have blue spots:
   
(1-2: Starlight, Santa Catalina Island / 3: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 4: Hen Rock, Santa Catalina Island)

This is a juvenile:
(1: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island)