(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Aurora rockfish
(Sebastes aurora)

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Body color:
Uniform creamy light-red or pink.
Maximum length: 16 in (41 cm) Peritoneum color: dark to light w/ spots
Maximum depth: 300 fm (768 m) Shape between eyes: convex to concave
Common depth: 164-274 fm (300-500 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-13, Ar:5-7, P1:17-19, GR:24-28,
LLp:27-31, LLs:41-50,V:26

Similar species:

Splitnose RF - head spine count differs; knobs bordering notch in upper jaw prominent; gill rakers 32-37 (24-28 in Aurora RF); lateral line pores 32-43 (27-31 in Aurora RF); spines on lower margin of operculum typically present (typically absent in Aurora RF).

Stripetail RF - head spine count differs; body yellow-pink w/ green; dorsal blotches present; no notch in upper jaw; spines on lower margin of operculum typically present (typically absent in Aurora RF).

Rougheye RF - 2-8 spines below eye; body red w/ black; gill rakers 29-35 (24-28 in Aurora RF).

Shortraker RF - anal spine 2 shorter than 3; notch in upper jaw absent.

Distribution: British Columbia - Southern California

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