Guide to the Marine Fishes of the Gulf of California


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Michele L. Buckhorn

105 pages, index, 38 color plates

Published by the American Fisheries Society

Publication date: September 2012

ISBN: 978-1-934874-32-5



The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a subtropical sea located between the Baja Peninsula and the Mexican mainland states of Sonora and Sinaloa. There are 17 families and 67 species of chondrichthian fish, 115 families and 753 species of bony fish, plus two species of myxinids present in the Gulf of California. This work covers 105 families and more than 400 species.

The book’s key provides an easy method to identify the common marine fish families in the Gulf of California. The guide provides descriptions and illustrations of the species and includes scientific name, common name, Spanish name, maximum length, meristics, and geographic range.

Includes an illustrated glossary, 38 color plates (with more than 200 individual fish images), and an extensive index.

This book will be a valuable reference for marine scientists, students, and recreational users of the marine environment.



The Gulf of California

Using the Key

Illustrated Glossary

Key to Families

Key to Elasmobranch Families

Key to Eel and Eel-like Fishes

Key to Teleost Fishes

Elasmobranch Species

Teleost Species



Color Plates