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Body color: Orange to yellow-pink w/ round, green spots and streaks on back and upper sides; 3 to 5 whitish blotches, bordered w/ light pink or orange, on back; fins yellow-pink.
|Maximum length: 20.5 in (51 cm)||Peritoneum color: gray to dark|
|Maximum depth: 110 fm (201 m)||Shape between eyes: concave|
|Common depth: 27-110 fm (49-201 m)||Counts:
D:XII,11-15, Ar:5-7, P1:16-18, GR:31-36,
LLp:35-43, LLs:49-52, V:26-27
Rosethorn RF - body typically w/ faint green spots and streaks; pectoral rays typically 16 (17 in Greenspotted RF); gillrakers typically 28-31 (31-36 in Greenspotted RF).
Rosy RF - body red, mottled w/ purple, typically w/ purple band on nape, w/out green spots and streaks.
Pinkrose RF - body uniform pinkish-red,w/out green spots and streaks.
Swordspine RF - body w/out green spots or streaks; mottled w/ red or purple; symphyseal knob prominent (absent in Greenspotted RF); lower jaw projects beyond upper jaw (jaws equal in Greenspotted RF); gillrakers typically 35-40 (31-36 in Greenspotted RF).
Pink RF and Greenblotched RF - body w/ irregular greenish blotches and wavy lines on back (round spots in Greenspotted RF).
Freckled RF - prominent knobs on upper jaw (absent in Greenspotted RF).
Distribution: Washington - Baja California