Striped Surfperch

Striped Surfperch

Embiotoca lateralis

Physical Description

The Striped Surfperch, also known by its scientific name Embiotoca lateralis, can reach lengths of up to 38 centimeters. It possesses a deep-bodied structure with distinctive pale reddish-orange and blue horizontal stripes running along its body. These stripes contribute to its striking appearance and aid in its camouflage within its habitat.


This species of surfperch is commonly found in rocky areas within kelp forests along the eastern Pacific coast. It prefers demersal habitats, where it can forage among rocky substrates for small benthic invertebrates. The complex structure provided by kelp forests offers ample shelter and feeding opportunities for the Striped Surfperch.

Geographical Range

The Striped Surfperch inhabits coastal waters from Southeast Alaska to northern Baja California. While it is relatively common within this range, it becomes rarer south of Point Conception. Its distribution is closely associated with rocky habitats and the presence of kelp forests, which are characteristic features of the eastern Pacific coast.

What They Eat

As a selective visual predator, the Striped Surfperch primarily preys on small benthic invertebrates dwelling within rocky substrates. Its diet may include various crustaceans, mollusks, and other small organisms commonly found in kelp forest ecosystems. With its keen sense of sight, it efficiently hunts for prey amidst the rocky terrain.