Monkeyface Prickleback


The ​Monkeyface⁢ Prickleback, scientifically named Cebidichthys⁢ violaceus, is a unique fish species belonging to the family Stichaeidae. These fascinating creatures are native to the eastern⁣ Pacific⁣ ocean, and are ‌recognized for⁤ their elongated bodies ⁢and ability to ​survive in tidepools⁢ and other intertidal areas.

Conservation ⁣Status

The Monkeyface Prickleback is currently classified as⁢ “Least Concern” on the conservation status scale. This is mainly​ due to the ‌species’ wide range and apparent stability of⁣ its population. Conservation⁤ efforts⁣ are ‍not ‌specifically targeted towards this⁣ species, but broader ocean conservation⁣ initiatives likely contribute to ‍its protection.


Stat Average Range
Length 20 inches 6-30 inches
Weight 1.5⁤ lbs 1-3 lbs
Lifespan 12​ years N/A


This species is most commonly ‍found ⁣along the western ⁢coastline of North America, ⁤from Alaska to Baja, California. No known migration patterns are associated with​ the Monkeyface Prickleback.


Monkeyface ‌Pricklebacks can be found in a variety of water types, primarily tidepools and other shallow, rocky coastlines. They ⁤favor moderate temperatures‌ and⁣ depths, often found​ near or on the ocean floor in locations less than 100 ⁣feet deep.

When and​ Where to See

Due to their preference for shallow, rocky⁢ environments, Monkeyface Pricklebacks are most ⁤easily spotted near⁤ coastal tidepools,‍ with sightings peaking during the summer‍ months.

Best Fishing Locations

Due to their habitat preferences, the best fishing locations are ⁢in rocky coastal⁤ areas and tidepools along the North ⁢American Pacific coast.⁢ These locations ‌may yield a higher chance of ‍encountering‍ a Monkeyface Prickleback:

1. Pacifica, California
2. Newport, Oregon
3.⁣ Sitka, Alaska
4. Ecola State Park, Oregon
5. La Jolla, California
6. Monterey, California
7. ‍Humboldt County, California
8. Olympic ‌National Park, Washington
9. Tillamook County, Oregon
10. Yachats,⁤ Oregon

How to​ Catch

Successful ⁤catching techniques for Monkeyface⁢ Pricklebacks often involve the ‌use of live bait‌ such as worms, corresponding‌ with their natural diet. ‌They respond well to​ bottom fishing techniques as ⁢they tend to dwell on or near the sea floor.

Identification Guide

Monkeyface Pricklebacks are characterized by a⁢ long, slender‍ body shape and a ‌distinct snout. They are mostly brown ‌to black in‍ color but exhibit a range of colors including olive, green, and ​even blue or purple. This species can​ also be identified by its fins, which often have noticeable spines.


How to Cook

Monkeyface Prickleback ​is often‌ prepared by ‌grilling or ⁣roasting, with flavors amplified⁢ by fresh herbs and a good amount of lemon or lime.

Taste Profile

When ⁣cooked, the Monkeyface Prickleback offers a delicate,​ mildly sweet flavor similar to other whitefish species, with a firm yet flaky⁤ texture.

Nutritional Information

Monkeyface Prickleback⁣ is a good‍ source of lean protein, low in ⁢fat, and rich in several essential vitamins ‍and minerals.


Some popular recipes include Prickleback Pesto Pasta and Grilled Prickleback with ‍Lemon Herb⁤ Butter.

Additional Information

Monkeyface Pricklebacks⁣ primarily feed on seaweed and small invertebrates which they seek during the daytime. Little is known about⁤ their mating habits. Their‍ main natural predators include sea birds,‌ larger​ fish, and seals.

References and Further Reading

1. Fishbase -⁢ Cebidichthys violaceus
2. California Outdoors ‍-⁣ MonkeyFace‍ Prickleback
3. NOAA Fisheries – Monkeyface Prickleback

Note: All information is based on the latest available resources and ​should be ⁢cross-verified before use