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OverviewOcean Salmon
Marine Resources Program
Kelp Greenling (Hexogrammos decagrammus)
Female Kelp Greenling.
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Females freckled all over with small reddish brown to golden spots on gray to brownish background; fins mostly yellowish orange. Male gray to brownish olive, with irregular blue spots on front of body; each spot surrounded by ring of small reddish brown spots. Inside of mouth yellowish. Anal fin usually has one weak spine.


To 53 cm. (21 in.).


Aleutian Islands to La Jolla; rare in southern California


To 25 fm.


Similar to Lingcod which has a much larger mouth, jaw extending beyond eye.

Other common names

Sea Trout


Picture: Bill Barss, ODFW.
Text: Peterson Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes

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