Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus)
The Garibaldi is the official marine state fish of California and it is the largest member of the damselfish family, they can grow up to 15 inches in length. They can be found from Monterey Bay down to Baja California. During the spring mating season, the male clears a nest site and after a female has deposited eggs, the male aggressively guards the eggs until they hatch. Because of its bright color, the garibaldi is a popular aquarium fish. It’s illegal in California to collect or keep a garibaldi without a permit, or fish garibaldis for food!
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