(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Shortraker rockfish
(Sebastes borealis)

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Body color:
Pink to orange-pink; fins reddish, typically edged w/ black; dusky red bars may be present on back, these prominent in young specimens.
Maximum length: 43 in (108 cm) Peritoneum color: light w/ black dots
Maximum depth: 478 fm (875 m) Shape between eyes: convex to flat
Common depth: 55-328 fm (100-600 m) Counts: D:XIII,12-15, Ar:6-8, P1:17-20, GR:27-31,
LLp:28-32, LLs:36-46, V:27-28

Similar species:

Blackgill RF - body red w/ black mouth, upper branchiostegal membranes, and gill cavity; peritoneum black; gillrakers typically 30-34 (27-31 in Shortraker RF).

Rougheye RF - 2-10 spines below eye; body typically red w/ black mottling; gill rakers on first arch longer in individuals > 40 cm.

Pacific Ocean Perch - head spines weak and differ in count; prominent symphyseal knob; discrete dorsal blotches at base of dorsal fin; body shape slender.

Sharpchin RF - symphyseal knob prominent; discrete blotches w/ at least one crossing lateral line; head spines differ in count; anal spine 2 longer than 3.

Redbanded RF - body w/ five bands crossing lateral line; head spine count differs; anal spine 2 longer than 3; peritoneum dark.

Distribution: Bering Sea - Southern California

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