(Banded rockfishes with strong head spines)

Redbanded rockfish
(Sebastes babcocki)

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Body color: Light pink w/ several broad vertical dark-red bands on body; bands faded in large specimens.
Maximum length: 22 in (56 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 342 fm (625 m) Shape between eyes: concave to flat
Common depth: 82-219 fm (150-400 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar:6-8, P1:17-20, GR:29-33,
LLp:41-51, LLs:56-64, V:26

Similar species:

Flag RF - first red band stops ventrally at lower edge of operculum; pectoral rays typically 17 (typically 19 in Redbanded RF); rare north of San Francisco.

Tiger RF - all head spines present; body red w/ black or crimson bars; anal spine 2 equal to or shorter than 3.

Treefish - body dark olive dorsally, yellowish ventrally w/ 5-6 black-olive bands; head spine 8 present.

Shortraker RF - body typically uniform pink to orange-pink occasionally w/ faint darker red bands above lateral line; head spine count differs; anal spine 2 shorter than 3; peritoneum light w/ black dots; lateral line pores 28-32 (41-51 in Redbanded RF).

Distribution: Bering Sea - Southern California

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