(Red rockfishes with weak head spines)

Redstripe rockfish
(Sebastes proriger)

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Body color:
Light red, mottled w/ olive dorsally and flushed w/ yellow on lower sides; lateral line in a clear, light-red zone, bordered by dark olivaceous mottling; lips blackened.
Maximum length: 20 in (51 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 230 fm (425 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 55-165 fm (100-300 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar:6-7, P1:16-18, GR:36-43, LLp:47-55,
LLs:55-60, V:27

Similar species:

Yellowmouth RF - symphyseal knob weaker, rounded; yellow and black blotches inside pinkish mouth; opercular blotch discrete; dorsal blotches diffuse.

Northern RF - dorsal spines typically 14 (13 in Redstripe RF); dark bars radiate posteriorly from eye; pink slash on ventral portion of pectoral fin; head spine count differs.

Sharpchin RF - dorsal blotches large w/ at least one extending across lateral line; forked bar radiates posteriorly from eye; head spines strong and count differs;anal spine 2 longer 3.

Pacific Ocean Perch - lateral line not bordered by mottling; head spine count typically differs.

Chilipepper - dorsal blotches absent; lateral line not bordered by mottling; peritoneum light; head spine count differs; belly whitish.

Distribution: Bering Sea - Baja California

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