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Kelp Greenling Hexagrammos decagrammus


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Kelp Greenling
credit: Steve Lonhart

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Family: Hexagrammidae, Greenlings view all from this family

Description Hexagrammos decagrammus is a marine fish known as the Kelp Greenling. It occurs in rocky inshore areas of the northern Pacific and is common on kelp beds and on sand bottoms. They feed on crustaceans, polychaete worms, brittle stars, mollusks, and small fishes. The young are food for steelhead and salmon. They are frequently caught by hook and line, fishing from shore or skiff, as well as speared by divers.

Dimensions Up to 21" (53 cm).

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Tidepools.

Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska.