(White-spotted red rockfishes
with strong head spines)

Pinkrose rockfish
(Sebastes simulator)

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Body color:
Uniform red w/ 4 or 5 clear, conspicouous white blotches; occasionally dusky on back.
Maximum length: 12 in (30 cm) Peritoneum color: gray
Maximum depth: 160 fm (293 m) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 54-169 fm (99-293 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-14, Ar:5-6, P1:16-18, GR:28-33,
LLp:33-40, LLs:?-?, V:26

Similar species:

Rosethorn RF, Greenspotted RF, and Greenblotched RF - body orange-yellow w/ green mottling or spots.

Rosy RF - body purple-red; caudal peduncle depth greater than orbit width (caudal peduncle depth less than orbit width in Pinkrose RF).

Pink RF - body w/ green streaks; upper gillrakers rudimentary (not rudimentary in Pinkrose RF); lower edge of operculum w/ 1-2 spines (lower edge smooth in Pinkrose RF).

Swordspine RF - prominent symphyseal knob on projecting lower jaw (symphyseal knob absent, jaws about equal in Pinkrose RF); anal spine 2 reaches tips of anal rays (does not reach tips in Pinkrose RF)

Freckled RF - prominent knobs on upper jaw (absent in Pinkrose RF); dense freckling on back (uniform red in Pinkrose RF); gillrakers 34-39 (28-33 in Pinkrose RF); dorsal rays typically 12 (typically 13 in Pinkrose RF).

Distribution: Northern California - Baja California

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