Senorita (Oxyjulis californica) as seen in our Coastal Waters exhibit.

Senoritas are beautiful, cigar-shaped fish common offshore to California. Although they do not occur in Oregon waters, they can be seen in the California Kelp Forest exhibit in our Coastal Waters gallery. The fish is brightly colored with a metallic bronze sheen on the upper body and a silvery color on the lower body. The length of the fish is covered with white spots. Their sleek shape makes them quick swimmers and then can rapidly disappear whenever threatened. Often, they will dart to the ocean bottom and bury themselves in the sand to avoid detection. This is also where you can find Senoritas at night as they hide from nocturnal predators. Although they can be eaten by humans, their small size does not make them a particularly profitable commercial fish. In fact, due to the fish’s tendency to steal bait off of fishing hooks, they are more often seen as a nuisance animal. To other fish species, however, Senoritas are very beneficial as they will nibble parasites off of scales and fins.

Range & Habitat

Senoritas are generally found in reefs and kelp beds from Sonoma County, California, south to Baja California.

Conservation Status