(Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Kelp rockfish
(Sebastes atrovirens)

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Body color:
Dark-olive gray to olive-brown, darker w/ mottling, fins same color as body.
Maximum length: 17 in (43 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 25 fm (46 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 5-7 fm (9-12 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar:6-7, P1:16-18, GR:28-34,
LLp:36-45, LLs:?-?, V:2

Similar species:

Grass RF - gillrakers short and stubby, 17-25 (28-34 not short in Kelp RF); pectoral fin does not reach vent (reaches vent in Kelp RF); head spine count typically differs; body green (olive-brown in Kelp RF).

Brown RF - dark blotch on operculum (absent in Kelp RF); head spines 6 and 8 typically present.

Gopher RF - body mottled w/ light areas; gillrakers 26-30 (typically 31-34 in Kelp RF).

Distribution: Northern California - Baja California

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