Common name: Rock Wrasse
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Identification: Miller and Lea (1972); Thomson et al. (1979); Eschmeyer et al. (1983).
Size: 24 cm.
Native Range: Marine; Pt. Conception, California, to Guadalupe Island (off north-central Baja) and Gulf of California (Ramirez-Hernández and Gonzales Pages 1976; Eschmeyer et al. 1983).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Halichoeres semicinctus are found here.
Table last updated 1/27/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked. Only two fish, obtained from San Felipe, Mexico, were stocked (Walker et al. 1961).
Status: The introduction failed to produce a viable population and the species is extirpated in the Salton Sea.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Dill, W.A., and A.J. Cordone. 1997. History and status of introduced fishes in California, 1871-1996. California Department of Fish and Game Fish Bulletin, volume 178.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald, and H. Hamann. 1983. A field guide to Pacific Coast fishes of North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Miller, D.J., and R.N. Lea. 1972. Guide to the coastal marine fishes of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 157:1-235.
Ramirez-Hernández, E. and A. Gonzales Pages. 1976. Catalogo de peces marinos Mexicanos. Mexico, D. F.: Secretaría de Industia y Comercio, Instituto Nacional de Pesca.
Thomson, D.A., L.T. Findley, and A.N. Kerstitch. 1979. Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez. John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Walker, B.W., R.R. Whitney, and G.W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. 77-92 in B.W. Walker, ed. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sport fishery of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 113.
Revision Date: 1/31/2012
Peer Review Date: 1/31/2012
Fuller, P., 2021, Halichoeres semicinctus (Ayres, 1859): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=753, Revision Date: 1/31/2012, Peer Review Date: 1/31/2012, Access Date: 1/28/2021
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