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Kelp Greenling

Hexagrammos decagrammus

Males have blue-white spots on their face:
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 4-5: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Females have yellow fins:
(1,3: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

This is a juvenile:
(1: Coral Street, Monterey)

These are pretty skittish, and harder to approach.


Ophiodon elongatus

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2-3,6-7: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 4-5,8: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos)

These commonly have facial parasites:
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Juveniles are smaller and blotchier.  But very hungry:
(1-2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

These are lingcod eggs.  If you look closely, you can see eyeballs:
(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

These are pretty mellow and easy to get close to.

Painted Greenling

Oxylebius pictus

(1,6-7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2,4: Del Monte Beach, Monterey / 3,5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Mature males are often very dark:
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

This greenling is guarding its eggs: (pinkish, to upper left):
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)