(Red rockfishes with weak head spines)

Halfbanded rockfish
(Sebastes semicinctus)

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Body color:
Dusky-pink above and silvery-pink on sides; two conspicuous dark-red blotches on posterior half of body; brown on back; brown streaks on membranes of caudal fin; fins light pink, back washed w/ light yellow-green.
Maximum length: 10 in (25 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 220 fm (402 m) Shape between eyes: flat
Common depth: 32-220 fm (58-402 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-14, Ar:6-8, P1:16-18, GR:36-42,
LLp:40-50, LLs:?, V:26

Similar species:

Stripetail RF - head spines strong; large dark blotches absent; eye large, 2.7-3.2 in head length (3.2-3.4 in Halfbanded RF).

Darkblotched RF - head spines stronger and count differs; body reddish w/ 5 discrete blotches crossing lateral line; body deep; anal spine 2 shorter than 3.

Sharpchin RF - dorsal blotches vague; symphyseal knob prominent (small to moderate in Halfbanded RF); head spines strong.

Distribution: Oregon - Baja California

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