(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)
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Body color: Uniform rose-red.
|Maximum length: 18 in (45 cm)||Peritoneum color: dark|
|Maximum depth: 437 fm (800 m)||Shape between eyes: concave|
|Common depth: 82-246 fm (150-450 m)||Counts:
D:XIII,11-14, Ar:5-8, P1:17-19, GR:32-37,
Aurora RF - head spine count differs; knobs bordering notch in upper jaw less prominent; gill rakers 24-28 (32-37 in Splitnose RF); lateral line pores typically 27-30 (32-42 in Splitnose RF); spines on lower margin of operculum typically absent (typically present in Splitnose RF).
Stripetail RF - body yellow-pink w/ green; dorsal blotches present; notch in upper jaw absent.
Thornyheads (genus Sebastolobus) - 8-10 strong cheek spines; 15-17 dorsal spines (13 in Splitnose RF); body round in cross section (elliptical in Splitnose RF).
Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Baja California