California State Marine Fish


Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)

Garibaldi; photo taken at San Diego Seaworld by Harry Foundalis; Garibaldi - Hypsypops rubicundus: Indiana State U (used by permission). 


California designates the garibaldi as the official state marine fish in 1995 (the California golden trout is the state freshwater fish). The garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) is found in shallow waters off the Southern California coast and Mexico.

The garibaldi is a golden-orange fish typically 14 inches in length as adults. When disturbed, garibaldi emit a thumping sound which can be heard by divers. The garibaldi is the largest of the damselfish family (Pomacentridae). Males build the nests, the female enters several of them and then makes her decision. The garibaldi is one of the few fish to use the same nesting site every year.



The Garibaldi: California's State salt water fish