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Body color: Light-red, washed w/ green above lateral line and yellow below; 3 or 4 whitish blotches, bordered w/ light green on back; fins red w/ yellow-green membranes.
|Maximum length: 12 in (39 cm)||Peritoneum color: dark|
|Maximum depth: 238 fm (433 m)||Shape between eyes: concave|
|Common depth: 38-236 fm (70-433 m)||Counts:
D:XIII,12-14, Ar:5-7, P1:16-18, GR:34-40,
LLp:34-44, LLs:?-?, V:26
Rosethorn RF and Greenspotted RF - body w/ green mottling or spots; symphyseal knob weak and jaws about equal in length; gillrakers 28-33 (34-40 in Swordspine RF).
Rosy RF - body orange-red to purple; jaws about equal in length; gillrakers typically 29-34 (34-40 in Swordspine RF).
Pink RF and Greenblotched RF - body pinkish-green, w/ wavy green streaks; jaws about equal in length; gillrakers typically 26-31 (34-40 in Swordspine RF).
Pinkrose RF - body uniform red; jaws about equal in length; gillrakers 28-33 (34-40 in Swordspine RF).
Southern RF - body w/ vermiculations on back; pectoral rays typically 18 (typically 17 in Swordspine RF).
Freckled RF - prominent knobs bordering notch in upper jaw (absent in Swordspine RF); jaws about equal w/out symphyseal knob.
Distribution: Central California - Baja California