(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Stripetail rockfish
(Sebastes saxicola)

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Body color:
Yellow-pink w/ light green; several vague, dusky blotches on back, these darker in young; green streaks on membranes of caudal fin, at least on upper portion.
Maximum length: 16 in (41 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 299 fm (547 m) Shape between eyes: flat to concave
Common depth: 55-192 fm (100-350 m) Counts: D:XIII,11-14, Ar:5-8, P1:15-18, GR:30-35,
LLp:35-43, LLs:43-53,V:26

Similar species:

Halfbanded RF - head spines weak; eye small, 3.2-3.4 in head length (2.9-3.2 in Stripetail RF); body w/ two dark-red bars posteriorly.

Sharpchin RF - body w/ discrete blotches; operculum w/ forked bar; caudal fin w/ dusky streaks (broken green streaks in Stripetail RF).

Aurora RF - caudal fin red, w/out streaks; head spine count differs; spines on lower edge of operculum typically absent (strong in Stripetail RF); lateral line pores 27-30 (36-42 in Stripetail RF); gillrakers 24-28 (31-34 in Stripetail RF); eye 3.2-4.1 into head length (2.9-3.2 in Stripetail RF).

Splitnose RF - strong notch in upper jaw; green streaks in caudal fin absent; body uniform rose-red.

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Baja California

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