(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Black-and-yellow rockfish
(Sebastes chrysomelas)

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Body color:
Black, w/ irregular clear yellow blotches on back, lateral line, and lower sides; clear areas tend to run together on lower sides; yellow patch on membranes between anterior dorsal spines.
Maximum length: 15 in (38 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 20 fm (37 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 0-10 fm (0-19 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-14, Ar:5-7, P1:17-18, GR:25-30,
LLp:35-46, LLs:?-?, V:26

Similar species:

Gopher RF - body brown w/ flesh-colored blotches (black w/ yellow in Yellow-and-Black RF); gillrakers typically 28-30 (typically 27-28 in Black-and-Yellow RF)

China RF - body black w/ broad yellow stripe; anal rays typically 7 (typically 6 in Black-and-Yellow RF).

Quillback RF - body brown w/ yellow mottling; spinous dorsal-fin membranes deeply incised; anal rays typically 7 (typically 6 in Black-and-Yellow RF).

Brown RF - body brown w/ darker brown mottling; anal rays typically 7 (typically 6 in Black-and-Yellow RF); head spines 6 and 8 typically present.

Distribution: Northern California - Baja California

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