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Garibaldi Hypsypops rubicundus


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Family: Pomacentridae, Damselfishes view all from this family

Description The Garibaldi or Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus) is a brightly colored orange fish of the damselfish family that is native to the North-Eastern subtropical parts of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from Monterey Bay, California, to Guadalupe Island, Baja California. The common name is a reference to the Italian military and political figure Giuseppe Garibaldi who wore a trademark red shirt.

This is the official marine state fish of California and is protected in California coastal waters. It is frequently seen off Santa Catalina Island, California and in La Jolla Cove (San Diego), where it is locally very common. It is also the mascot of the Georgia Aquarium.

Dimensions Up to 14" (36 cm).

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

Range California.