Our April Fish of the Month is the Monkeyface Prickleback, Cebidichthys violaceus!

Survey Regions: Monkeyface Prickleback are found from southern Oregon to central California, and are present but rarely seen in southern California. These areas are part of REEF's PAC region. Click here to see a REEF database distribution report for this species.

Size: They are typically 1-2 ft. long and can grow up to 2.5 ft.

Identifying Features: Monkeyface Pricklebacks have an elongated, eel-like body with a blunt snout and large, thick lips. They have a bumpy ridge that runs from their snout to the rear of their head. They can vary in color from uniform light gray to black and usually have two dark bars below each eye. Some may have orange spots along their back and orange fin tips. 

Fun Facts: Monkeyface Pricklebacks hide in crevices in rocky reefs, tidal zones, and kelp forests. They are stationary and rarely move far from their home. They are able to breathe air, and in a moist environment, they can survive for more than a day out of the water!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next Fish of the Month.

Photos by Janna Nichols.