(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Shortspine thornyhead
(Sebastolobus alascanus)

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Body color: Bright red to pink, often w/ dusky to black areas on fins and body, dark spot on posterior part of spinous dorsal fin.
Maximum length: 30 in (75 cm) Peritoneum color: light w/ spots
Maximum depth: 833 fm (1524 fm.) Shape between eyes: concave
Common depth: 55-465 fm (100-850 m) Counts: D:XV-XVIII,8-9, Ar:4-5, P1:22-23, GR:18-23,
LLp:29-33, LLs:35-46, V:29-31

Similar species:

Longspine Thornyhead - dorsal spine 3 longer than 4; pectoral fin w/ slight notch; gill chamber mostly black; dorsal spines typically 15 (typically 16 in Shortspine Thornyhead).

Broadbanded Thornyhead - ventral pectoral rays highly branched, lobe-like; body deeper.

Aleutian Scorpionfish (genus Adelosebastes) - cheek spines 1-2, weak; lower pectoral rays fingerlike; head spines very large; body deep.

Other Rockfishes (genus Sebastes) - cheek spines absent; pectoral fin wedge-shaped w/out notch; body deep; dorsal spines 12-15 (15-17 in Shortspine Thornyhead).

Distribution: Bering Sea - Baja California

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