(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Vermilion rockfish
(Sebastes miniatus)

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Body color:
Dark red, mottled w/ gray on back and sides; fins red.
Maximum length: 30 in (76 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 150 fm (274 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 100-150 fm (183-274 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-15, Ar:6-8, P1:16-18, GR:35-43,
LLp:40-48, LLs:45-48, V:26-27

Similar species:

Canary RF - body orange w/ olive-gray, fins orange; underside of lower jaw smooth w/ embedded scales; gillrakers 41-45 (35-43 in Vermilion RF); lateral line highlighted in gray.

Yelloweye RF - head spines rugose; body orange-red to orange-yellow w/out olive-gray mottling; lateral line highlighted in gray; anal-fin margin rounded.

Rougheye RF, Shortraker RF, and Blackgill RF - head spine count differs; anal-fin margin perpendicular; 0-8 spines below eye.

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Baja California

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