• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California


Northern Anchovy

Northern Anchovy, one of the fish species found in the Santa Monica Mountains district.


A variety of native and introduced fish can be found in the streams and coastal lagoons of the Santa Monica Mountains. Of significance are the arroyo chub (Gila orcuttii), which occur in the slow moving waters of Malibu Creek, the federally endangered steelhead trout (Onchorynchus mykiss), and the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata). Non-native fish include the largemouth bass, bluegill and goldfish occur in freshwater streams up and downstream from recreational lakes and golf courses such as Malibu Lake and Malibu Country Club. Coastal lagoons, such as Malibu Lagoon, provide habitat for a number of native fish including the killifish (Fundulus parvipinnis), arrow goby (Clevelandia ios), staghorn sculpin (Leptocottus armatus), long-jawed mudsucker (Gillichthys mirabilis), opaleye (Girella nigricans), topsmelt (Atherinops affinis), diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata), northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), California halibut (Paralichthys californicus), Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata), queenfish (Seriphus politus), bay pipefish (Syngnathus leptohynchus), starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus), kelpfish (Gibbonsia monterivensis), and serranid (Paralabrax sp.). Click here to download a checklist of the fish of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Did You Know?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.