Common name: Shortfin Corvina
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Identification: Eschmeyer et al. (1983) and Howells (1992).
Size: 50 cm.
Native Range: Marine. Pacific Ocean from Mazatlan, Mexico, to Santa Barbara, including the Gulf of California (Howells 1992).
The shortfin corvina was introduced into the Salton Sea in southern California (Walker et al. 1961).
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 Cynoscion parvipinnis are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally introduced as a sport fish during the early 1950s (Walker et al. 1961).
Status: Although individual fish were able to survive for at least one year, the population failed to reproduce and eventually died out (Walker et al. 1961).
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)
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.
Howells, R. G. 1992. Guide to identification of harmful and potentially harmful fishes, shellfishes and aquatic plants prohibited in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Special Publication, Austin, TX.
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. California Department of Fish and Game, Fish Bulletin 113.
Revision Date: 7/29/2019
Peer Review Date: 9/13/2011
Fuller, P., 2023, Cynoscion parvipinnis Ayres, 1861: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=951, Revision Date: 7/29/2019, Peer Review Date: 9/13/2011, Access Date: 6/6/2023
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