Common name: Pacific Pompano
Synonyms and Other Names: Pacific pompano
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Identification: Miller and Lea (1972); Eschmeyer et al. (1983); Fischer et al. (1995).
Size: 28 cm.
Native Range: Marine; Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, to central Baja and Gulf of California (Miller and Lea 1972; Eschmeyer et al. 1983).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Introduced into Salton Sea, California (Dill and Cordone 1997).
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 Peprilus simillimus are found here.
Table last updated 2/25/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Twelve fish entered the bait tanks through the circulation system from San Diego Bay and were knowingly introduced in 1948 as a result of stock-contamination (Dill and Cordone 1997).
Status: Extirpated in California.
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. Manuscript for Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 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.
Fischer, W., F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter, V.H. Niem. 1995. Guía FAO para la identificatión de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2. Vol. III: 1201--1813. Roma, FAO.
Hubbs, C.L., W.I. Follett, and L.J. Dempster. 1979. List of the fishes of California. Occassional Papers of the California Academy of Science 133:1-51.
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.
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.
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson
Revision Date: 4/20/2018
Peer Review Date: 2/24/2012
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2021, Peprilus simillimus (Ayres, 1860): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=973, Revision Date: 4/20/2018, Peer Review Date: 2/24/2012, Access Date: 2/25/2021
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