(Black rockfishes with weak head spines)
Dark dusky rockfish
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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:
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.