(Red rockfishes with weak head spines)
click image to enlarge
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,
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