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Señorita

Oxyjulis californica

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Señoritas are beautiful, cigar-shaped fish common offshore to California. The fish is brightly colored with a metallic bronze sheen on the upper body and a silvery color on the lower body. The length of the fish is covered with white spots.

Their sleek shape makes them quick swimmers and then can rapidly disappear whenever threatened. Often, they will dart to the ocean bottom and bury themselves in the sand to avoid detection. This is also where you can find Señoritas at night as they hide from nocturnal predators.

Although they can be eaten by humans, their small size does not make them a particularly profitable commercial fish. In fact, due to the fish’s tendency to steal bait off of fishing hooks, they are more often seen as a nuisance animal. To other fish species, however, Señoritas are very beneficial as they will nibble parasites off of scales and fins.

Range and Habitat

Señoritas are generally found in reefs and kelp beds from Sonoma County, California, south to Baja California.

Conservation Status

Common.