(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Gopher rockfish
(Sebastes carnatus)

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Body color:
Olive-brown w/ irregular clear, light-gray or pink blotches on back, lateral line, and on lower sides; clear areas tend to run together on lower sides.
Maximum length: 17 in (41 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 30 fm (55 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 0-9 fm (0-17 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-13, Ar:5-7, P1:16-18, GR:26-30,
LLp:35-49, LLs:?-?, V:26

Similar species:

Black-and-Yellow RF - body black w/ yellow blotches (brown w/ flesh-colored blotches in Gopher RF); gill rakers typically 27-28 (typically 28-30 in Gopher RF).

Quillback RF - body w/ broad yellow mottling (irregular, small, and flesh-colored blotches in Gopher RF); spinous dorsal-fin margin deeply incised.

Brown RF - body w/ darker brown mottling (irregular, small, and flesh-colored blotches in Gopher RF); head spines 6 and 8 typically present.

Distribution: Northern California - Baja California

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