Kelp Greenling

Kelp Greenling

Hexagrammos decagrammus

Physical Description

The Kelp Greenling, ranging from 25 to 45 centimeters, displays intricate patterns. Females exhibit yellowish-tan to light brown hues adorned with dark red speckles, while males boast tan to pale bodies with blue spots surrounded by smaller red ones on their head and forebody. Notably, they feature five lateral lines and large pectoral fins.


Preferring rocky substrates, Kelp Greenlings thrive amidst the protective embrace of kelp forests along the eastern Pacific coast.

Geographical Range

From the Aleutian Islands to the southern reaches of California, Kelp Greenlings traverse the diverse coastal waters of the eastern Pacific.

What They Eat

Feeding on a varied diet comprising small crustaceans, mollusks, and fish, Kelp Greenlings play a crucial ecological role in maintaining the health of their marine habitats.

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