(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Brown rockfish
(Sebastes auriculatus)

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Body color:
Light brown mottled w/ dark brown; a dark blotch on upper portion of opercle, fins dusky-pink.
(Also see above underwater photo.)
Maximum length: 22 in (56 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 70 fm (128 m) Shape between eyes: convex to flat
Common depth: <55 fm (<100 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-15, Ar:5-8, P1:15-19, GR:25-29,
LLp:40-50, LLs:45-52, V:26-27

Similar species:

Quillback RF - body mottled yellow anteriorly w/ freckles on breast; dorsal-fin membranes deeply incised; head spine count typically differs.

Copper RF - body mottled w/ white and yellow; posterior 2/3 of lateral line clear; head spine count differs.

Grass RF - body green; gill rakers short and stubby, 17-25 (25-29, not short in Brown RF).

Speckled RF - body w/ small dark spots; head spines weak and differ in count; maxilla extends to midorbit (to rear of orbit or beyond in Brown RF).

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Baja California

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