Re: Re: Yellow Lingcod, more golden = xanthochromism

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Posted by Andy S on September 14, 2008 at 14:05:34:

In Reply to: Re: Yellow Lingcod posted by Dave on September 14, 2008 at 13:33:14:

This was not just yellowish brown shading, this was golden orange and covered most of the fish except the underside of the tail area.

It occurs in Opelye as well as other fish rarely. I know because I have sent one of them from the W end of Anacapa to CA Dept F&G quite a few years ago and Peter Haaker who used to work there told me about it. This is most spectacular in Leopard Grouper. When alive, the normal Leopard Grouper's mottled background tends to form irregular, interconnected bars down its sides. After death, these fade away, leaving the field of spots. Approximately 1% of Leopard Groupers exhibit the Golden Phase, and are called Golden Grouper, or sometimes Golden Cabrilla, an easy fish to identify due to its spectacular, overall golden orange color.

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