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Marine Sport Fish Identification Key - Species List

Billfish | Flatfish | Rockfish | Salmon and Trout Species | Sharks, Rays, and Skates | Surfperch Species | Tunas and Mackerel | Miscellaneous Marine Species


Listing of Species Covered

The species covered in the "Sport Fish Identification Guide to Marine Fishes Off Oregon" are listed in alphabetical order below by common name and by scientific name.

Species category lists

Alphabetical Listing by Common Name (jpgs)
Common Name (Genus species): Other Local Names

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Alphabetical Listing by Scientific Name (jpgs)
Common Name (Genus species): Other Local Names

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Alphabetical Listing by Common Name Under Major Category (jpgs)

Salmon

Salmonids

Salmon and trout species. Have adipose fin (clipped in many hatchery fish).
Silver in overall appearance in ocean phase. Single short, soft rayed dorsal fin.

Rockfish

Rockfish

Variety of colors and sizes. Strong spines in first dorsal fin.
Large scales. Large mouth. "Bass-like" in overall appearance.

Flatfish

Flatfish

Both eyes on one side of the head. Have distinct rayed fins.

Shark Skate

Sharks, Rays, and Skates

Generally very rough skin. Several gill slits.
Fins without distinct fin rays.
Rays and skates very compressed on dorsal surface.

Tuna

Tuna and Mackerel

Series of finlets ahead of tail on both dorsal and ventral surfaces.
Tail wrist very narrow. Body "bullet" shaped.

Billfish

Billfish

Extremely elongate and pointed rigid upper jaw.

Perch

Surf Perch

Compressed laterally, spinous first dorsal fin, small mouths.

 

Hake Pomfret Ling Cod

Other Species Not Included Above

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Contact:

Eric Schindler
E-mail: Eric.D.Schindler@state.or.us
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 867-4741

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