(Red/Black rockfishes with strong head spines)

Puget Sound rockfish
(Sebastes emphaeus)

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Body color:
Copper-red w/ indefinite olivaceous blotches; green bands radiate from eye; spinous dorsal green, w/ bright red at tips of spines; outer soft dorsal bright red, base of fin dark; paired and anal fins clear, brillant red.
(Also see above photo.)
Maximum length: 7 in (18 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 200 fm (366 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 6-200 fm (10-366 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar:6-7, P1:16-18, GR:37-41,
LLp:40-46, LLs:41-46, V:27-28

Similar species:

Pygmy RF - brownish-red stripe below lateral line, squared blotches at base of dorsal fin; anal rays typically 6 (typically 7 in Puget Sound RF).

Shortbelly RF - anus about midway between origin of anal fin and pelvic-fin base (immediately in front of anal fin in Puget Sound RF); anal spine 2 shorter than 3.

Sharpchin RF - dorsal blotches extend below lateral line; symphyseal knob sharp and prominent; strong dark stripes extend posterior to eye.

Pacific Ocean Perch - symphyseal knob sharp, elongate; head spines weak and count typically differs; anal spine 2 shorter than 3.

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Northern California

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