Garibaldi (fish)

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Garibaldi
Garibaldi (fish)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Osteichthyes
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Hypsypops
Species:H. rubicundus
Binomial name
Hypsypops rubicundus
</small>(Girard,, 1854

The Garibaldi or Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus) is a fish of the damselfish family that is native to the northern subtropical parts of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from Monterey Bay to Guadalupe Island, Baja California.

Garibaldis are renowned for their brilliant orange color and grow up to 35 centimetres in length. They live at depths of up to 30 metres, usually in association with reefs, and typically over rocky sea-bottoms. They feed mainly on invertebrates that they remove from the rocks. Adult Garibaldis maintain a home territory; the male clears a sheltered nest site within his territory, and the female then deposits eggs within it, the male subsequently guarding them.

The Garibaldi is the official "marine fish" of the state of California and have a protected status in California coastal waters.

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