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California Sheephead

Semicossyphus pulcher (Ayres 1854)

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Semicossyphus pulcher (California Sheephead) is a species of bony fishes in the family wrasses. They are listed as vulnerable by IUCN. They are native to The Nearctic and Pacific Ocean. They are diurnal omnivores. Individuals can grow to 91 cm. They have sexual reproduction. They rely on swimming and pectoral fin oscillation to move around.

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  • URI: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GO_0019953
  • Definition: Capable of creating a new organism by combining the genetic material of two gametes, which may come from two parent organisms or from a single organism, in the case of self-fertilizing hermaphrodites.
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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/pectoral_oscillation
  • Definition: a type of pectoral-fin-based swimming, also known as mobuliform locomotion. Lower frequency than fin undulation; can be described as the production of less than half a wave on the fin, similar to a bird wing flapping. Pelagic stingrays use oscillatory locomotion.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of California Sheephead. View this species on GBIF