(Red rockfishes with weak head spines)

Dwarf-red rockfish
(Sebastes rufinanus)

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Body color:
Dusky red dorsally, lighter red ventrally; fins reddish; lateral line pale.
Maximum length: 7 in (17 cm) Peritoneum color: black
Maximum depth: 31 fm (183 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 5-31 fm (3-183 m) Counts: D:XIII,14, Ar:8, P1:17, GR:37-38, LLp:30-33,
LLs:?, V:27

Similar species:

Aurora RF - body pinkish red; gill rakers 24-28 (37-38 in Dwarf-red RF); anal rays 5-7 (8 in Dwarf-red RF); head spines strong; small knobs on upper jaw.

Splitnose RF - prominent knobs on upper jaw; head spines strong.

Chameleon RF - anal rays 5-6 (8 in Dwarf-red); head spines strong; anterior lachrymal spine w/ several points; 2-4 spines below eye.

Distribution: Southern California

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