(Black rockfishes with weak head spines)

Dark dusky rockfish
(Sebastes sp. cf. ciliatus)

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Body color: Uniform black to dark blue on back and sides, darker mottling below posterior spinous dorsal and anterior soft dorsal fins;slightly lighter on belly.
Maximum length: 18 in (46 cm) Peritoneum color: dark
Maximum depth: 85 fm (153 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 56 fm (<100 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-16, Ar:7-8, P1:18-19, GR:32-36,
LLp:41-54, LLs:46-53, V:

Similar species:

Black RF - mouth larger, extending beyond orbit; symphyseal knob obsolete; peritoneum white; body with light blotches at dorsal base and white belly; head spine count differs, spine 4 present.

Light Dusky RF - mouth larger, extending beyond midorbit; symphyseal knob larger; peritoneum light to dark; body typically tan, always light pink on belly.

Blue RF - body blue gray w/ dark bars across head and nape; head spine count differs.

Distribution: Aleutian Islands - British Columbia.

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