(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

China rockfish
(Sebastes nebulosus)

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Body color: Blue-black mottled w/ yellow; a broad, irregular yellow stripe present, whitish or bluish-white spotting on body; fins dark. (Also see above underwater photo.)
Maximum length: 17 in (43 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 70 fm (128 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 10-50 fm (18-92 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-14, Ar:6-8, P1:17-19, GR:26-31,
LLp:37-48, LLs:43-48, V:2

Similar species:

Black-and-Yellow RF - body w/ irregular yellow blotches on back; anal rays typically 6 (typically 7 in China RF).

Quillback RF - body brown w/ yellow mottling; dorsal-fin margins deeply incised.

Brown RF - body brown w/ dark brown mottling; head spine count typically differs.

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Southern California

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