(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Grass rockfish
(Sebastes rastrelliger)

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Body color:
Dark olivaceous green, lighter ventrally; fins dark.
Maximum length: 22 in (56 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 25 fm (56 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 0-9 fm (0-15 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-14, Ar:6, P1:18-20, GR:17-25,
LLp:40-49, LLs:?-?, V:26

Similar species:

Brown RF - gill rakers 25-29, not short; dark blotch on operculum (absent in Grass RF); body brown.

Gopher RF - gill rakers 26-30, not short; body brown, mottled w/ light areas.

Black RF - gill rakers 32-39, not short; body black to gray; head spines weak and count differs.

Kelp RF - gill rakers typically 31-34, not short; pectoral fin reaches vent (does not reach vent in Grass RF); body brown.

Distribution: Oregon - Baja California

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