(Black rockfishes with weak head spines)

Black rockfish
(Sebastes melanops)

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Body color:
Black on back, becoming gray mottled w/ black on sides, whitish ventrally; pelvic fins light, other fins dark.
(Also see above underwater photo.)
Maximum length: 25 in (63 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 200 fm (366 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: <83 fm (<150 m) Counts: D:XIII-XIV,13-16, Ar:7-9, P1:18-20, GR:32-39,
LLp:46-55, LLs:50-55, V:26

Similar species:

Blue RF - mouth smaller, maxilla extends anterior to midorbit; eye smaller; anal-fin margin perpendicular; head spine count differs.

Dusky RF - body color gray to greenish brown in Light Dusky RF, uniform dark onto belly in Dark Dusky RF; anal-fin margin perpendicular; symphyseal knob present; mandibular pores evident (reduced in Black RF); head spines typically absent.

Yellowtail RF - body color brassy; fins washed w/ yellow; anal-fin margin perpendicular; head spine count differs.

Olive RF - body color olive-brown; fins olive to yellow; head spine count differs; anal-fin margin perpendicular. 

Distribution: Aleutian Islands - Southern California

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