(Black rockfishes with weak head spines)
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
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