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Cymatogaster aggregata (Shiner; Shiner perch; Shiner seaperch; Shiner surfperch; Yellow shiner)

Synonyms: Cymatogaster aggregatus; Cymatogaster gracilis
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Wikipedia Abstract

The shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata) is a common surfperch found in estuaries, lagoons, and coastal streams along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja California. It is the sole member of its genus.Shiner perches are similar to tule perches, deep-bodied with a dusky greenish back and silvery sides that have a pattern combining fine horizontal bars with three broad yellow vertical bars. Breeding males turn almost entirely black, the barred pattern being obscured by dark speckles.
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Maximum Longevity [1]  8 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve 293047 British Columbia, Canada  
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada


Prey / Diet

Armandia brevis[2]
Atherinops affinis (Topsmelt silverside)[3]
Exosphaeroma amplicauda (Isopod)[3]
Gnorimosphaeroma oregonensis (Oregon pill bug)[3]
Mytilus edulis (Blue mussel)[3]
Zostera marina (Eel Grass)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Artedius fenestralis (Padded sculpin)2
Artedius lateralis (Smooth-head sculpin)2
Ascelichthys rhodorus (Rosylip sculpin)2
Bucephala islandica (Barrow's Goldeneye)1
Calidris canutus (Red Knot)1
Carcinus maenas (green crab)1
Citharichthys stigmaeus (Speckled sanddab)1
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)1
Clinocottus acuticeps (Sharpnose sculpin)2
Embiotoca lateralis (Blue seaperch)1
Enophrys bison (Buffalo sculpin)1
Gobiesox maeandricus (Northern clingfish)2
Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)1
Hippocampus mohnikei (Japanese seahorse)1
Leptocottus armatus (Cabezon)2
Limnodromus griseus (Short-billed Dowitcher)1
Liparis cyclopus (Günther's liparid)2
Littorina scutulata (checkered periwinkle)1
Littorina sitkana (Sitka periwinkle)1
Notolabrus fucicola (Yellow-saddled wrasse)1
Notolabrus tetricus (Wrasse)1
Oligocottus maculosus (Tidepool sculpin)2
Oligocottus snyderi (Fluffy sculpin)2
Petroscirtes breviceps (Striped poison-fang blenny mimic)1
Rhabdosargus sarba (Yellowfin bream)1
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)1
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)1


Aechmophorus occidentalis (Western Grebe)[3]
Brachyramphus marmoratus (Marbled Murrelet)[3]
Hydroprogne caspia (Caspian Tern)[3]
Leptocottus armatus (Cabezon)[3]
Oncorhynchus clarkii (Cutthroat trout)[4]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[3]
Phoca vitulina richardii (Harbor seal)[3]
Synthliboramphus antiquus (Ancient Murrelet)[3]
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)[5]


Parasitized by 
Archigyrodactylus archigyrodactylus[6]
Cucullanellus kanabus <Unverified Name>[6]
Diplangus macrovitellus <Unverified Name>[6]
Echinorhynchus gadi[6]
Encotyllabe embiotocae <Unverified Name>[6]
Galactosomum humbargari[6]
Genitocotyle acirrus[6]
Gyrodactylus aggregata[6]
Helicometrina nimia[6]
Lacistorhynchus tenuis[6]
Lecithaster gibbosus[6]
Neozoogonus californicus[6]
Phyllobothrium corti <Unverified Name>[6]
Phyllodistomum scrippsi[6]
Postmonorchis donacis[6]
Proctoeces macrovitellus <Unverified Name>[6]
Pseudopecoelus umbrinae[6]
Telolecithus pugetensis[6]
Tubulovesicula lindbergi[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium du Quebec
El Paso Zoo
Florida Aquarium
Indianapolis Zoo
John Ball Zoological Garden
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Newport Aquarium
Oceanario de Lisboa
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Oregon Zoo
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr

Range Map

Alaska (USA); America, North - Inland waters; California Current; Canada; Eastern Pacific: Wrangell, southeastern Alaska to Bahia San Quintin, northern Baja California, Mexico.; Fraser; Gulf of Alaska; Mexico; Nearctic; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by 1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495. 2Trophic Ecology of the Dominant Fishes in Elkhorn Slough, California, 1974-1980, JAMES P. BARRY, MARY M. YOKLAVICH, GREGOR M. CAILLIET, DAVID A. AMBROSE, BROOKE S. ANTRIM, Estuaries Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 115-138, March 1996 3Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979 4Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki) Diet In South Puget Sound, Washington 1999 – 2002, Joseph M. Jauquet, Masters Thesis, Evergreen State College, 2002 5Habitat Partitioning by Three Species of Dolphins in Santa Monica Bay, California, Maddalena Bearzi, Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative, 07-08-2003 6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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