(White-spotted red rockfishes
with strong head spines)

 

Freckled rockfish
(Sebastes lentiginosus)

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Body color:
Pinkish, densely freckled w/ dark green on back; 4 to 5 pale blotches on back; dark streaks on caudal fin.
Maximum length: 9 in (23 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 92 fm (168 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 21-92 fm (40-168 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-13, Ar:6-7, P1:16-18, GR:34-39,
LLp:33-41, LLs:?-?, V:26

Similar species:

Greenspotted RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; gillrakers typically 31-34 (34-39 in Freckled RF)

Rosethorn RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; faint green mottling on back (dense in Freckled RF); gillrakers 28-33 (34-39 in Freckled RF); pectoral rays typically 16 (typically 17 in Freckled RF); dorsal rays typically 13 (typically 12 in Freckled RF).

Rosy RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; body red, mottled w/ purple (dense green in Freckled RF); gillrakers 29-34 (34-39 in Freckled RF).

Pink RF and Greenblotched RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; vague green streaks and blotches on back (dense in Freckled RF); gillrakers 26-31 (34-39 in Freckled RF).

Pinkrose RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; body uniform red (dense green freckling in Freckled RF); gillrakers 28-33 (34-39 in Freckled RF); dorsal rays typically 13 (typically 12 in Freckled RF).

Honeycomb RF - knobs on upper jaw absent; scales w/ darkly pigmented margins.

Distribution: Southern California - Baja California

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