(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)
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Body color: Reddish w/ five discrete black blotches on back, extending across lateral line.
|Maximum length: 22 in (58 cm)||Peritoneum color: dark|
|Maximum depth: 328 fm (600 m)||Shape between eyes: convex|
|Common depth: 55-192 fm (100-350 m)||Counts:
D:XII-XIII,12-15, Ar:5-7, P1:18-20, GR:29-34,
LLp:40-51, LLs:48-62, V:26
Sharpchin RF - symphyseal knob prominent; edge of operculum smooth (1-2 spines in Darkblotched RF); anal spine 2 longer than 3; head spines stronger and count differs.
Harlequin RF - posterior 2/3 of lateral line clear; dorsal fin blackish; anal spine 2 longer than 3; head spines stronger and count differs.
Halfbanded RF - body pink w/ 2 prominent blotches over lateral line; head spines weaker and count differs; body slender; anal spine 2 longer than 3.
Pacific Ocean Perch - dorsal blotches do not extend below lateral line; symphyseal knob elongate, sharp; head spines weaker and count typically differs.
Yellowmouth RF - yellow blotches inside mouth; dorsal blotches diffuse and do not extend below lateral line; head spines stronger and count differs.
Distribution: Bering Sea - Southern California