(Red/Black rockfishes with weak head spines)

Bank rockfish
(Sebastes rufus)

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Body color:
Dusky light red to gray, southern specimens w/ black spots on back and dorsal fin; membranes of soft dorsal, anal, and pectoral fins blackish. "Red-widow (see below) more reddish w/out conspicuous black spots on body.
Maximum length: 20 in (51 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 135 fm (247 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 17-135 fm (31-247 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-16, Ar:8-9, P1:17-19, GR:32-37,
LLp:49-56, LLs:89-90, V:27-28

Similar species:

Speckled RF - body w/out red; lateral line not in clear zone; gillrakers typically 31-33 (typically 34-35 in Bank RF).

Squarespot RF - body w/ squarish blotches along lateral line w/out red; pectoral rays typically 17 (typically 18-19 in Bank RF).

Widow RF - body w/out red; lateral line not in clear zone.

Yellowtail RF - body w/out red; fins washed w/ yellow; anal, pelvic, pectoral fin membranes dusky; anal-fin margin perpendicular; head spine count differs.

Note: "Red-widow" from central California may represent an undescribed species.

Distribution: Washington - Baja California

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