(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Chameleon rockfish
(Sebastes phillipsi)

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Body color:
Whitish pink when first brought to surface, changing to golden crimson upon death and exposure to air; vague dusky streaks on back from above rear margins of orbit posteriorly to about insertion of second dorsal.
Maximum length: 17 in (43 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 150 fm (274 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 95-150 fm (171-274 m) Counts: D:XIII-IV,12-13, Ar:5-6, P1:18-19, GR:36-40,
LLp:29-33, LLs:?, V:26-27

Similar species:

Aurora RF - spines absent below eye; gillrakers 24-28 (36-40 in Chameleon RF).

Splitnose RF - spines absent below eye; head spine count differs; gillrakers 32-37 (36-40 in Chameleon RF).

Rougheye RF - peritoneum light; area between eyes flat or convex; gillrakers 29-35 (36-40 in Chameleon RF).

Distribution: Northern California - Southern California

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