(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Harlequin rockfish
(Sebastes variegatus)

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Body color:
Pink to dark red, w/ dark blotches; posterior 2/3 of lateral line clear.
Maximum length: 14.5 in (37 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 305 fm (558 m) Shape between eyes: flat to convex
Common depth: 55-192 fm (100-350 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar: 6-7, P1:17-19, GR:36-41,
LLp:42-52, LLs:46-58, V:27

Similar species:

Sharpchin RF - lateral line pigmented, dorsal blotches cross w/out break; symphyseal knob prominent; dorsal and caudal fin membranes reddish.

Redstripe RF - lateral line clear for its entire length, olive mottling dorsally and ventrally; anal spine 2 equal to or shorter than 3; head spines weak.

Darkblotched RF - body w/ 4 or 5 distinct dark blotches crossing lateral line; body deep, depth > head length; head spine count differs; anal spine 2 shorter than 3.

Pacific Ocean Perch - body w/ small discrete dorsal blotches at base of fin; head spines weak and count differs; symphyseal knob prominent (moderate in Harlequin RF).

Distribution: Bering Sea - Washington

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