(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)
Body color: Red on back, becoming pink on sides, often w/ vague spots and traces of dusky bars; fins reddish, w/ black on tips; inside of mouth red-black to red-white; posterior part of lateral line often light.
(See occasional dark phase in above photo.)
|Maximum length: 39 in (97 cm)||Peritoneum color: light w/ dots|
|Maximum depth: 479 fm (875 m)||Shape between eyes: convex to flat|
|Common depth: 55-246 fm (100-450 m)||Counts:
D:XIII-XIV,12-15, Ar:6-8, P1:17-19, GR:29-35,
LLp:29-37, LLs:47-55, V:27
Shortraker RF - 0 or rarely 1 eye spine; body pink to orange-pink, typically w/out dark color on body; specimens >40 cm w/ gillrakers on first arch 3 times longer than width (5-6 times in Rougheye RF); head spine 6 typically absent.
Blackgill RF - 0 or rarely 1 eye spine; head spine 6 typically absent; mouth, upper branchiostegal membranes, and gill cavity black.
Pacific Ocean Perch - head spines weak and differ in count; discrete dark blotches at base of dorsal fin; symphyseal knob prominent.
Sharpchin RF - discrete dorsal blotches w/ at least one crossing lateral line; prominent symphyseal knob; head spines differ in count; anal spine 2 longer than 3.
Yelloweye RF - body bright yellow-orange (reddish in young <28 cm); head spines rugose w/ multiple points and count differs.
Distribution: Bering Sea - Southern California