(Black rockfishes with weak head spines)

Silvergray rockfish
(Sebastes brevispinis)

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Body color:
Dark gray-green to black on back becoming silver on sides and abruptly red-orange to white ventrally; lips blackened; lower portions of pectoral, anal, and pelvic fins washed w/ red-orange to pink.
Maximum length: 28 in (71 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 205 fm (375 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 55-164 fm (100-300 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-17, Ar:7, P1:16-18, GR:33-36,
LLp:44-53, LLs:58-70, V:26

Similar species:

Bocaccio - body reddish; head spine count differs; gill rakers 27-32 (33-36 in Silvergray RF); anal rays typically 8 (7 in Silvergray).

Shortbelly RF - anus midway between pelvic-fin base and anal-fin origin; body color reddish; head spine count differs; maximum length 32 cm.

Chilipepper RF - maxilla extends to midorbit; body reddish, lateral line clear red; anal rays 8-9 (7 in Silvergray RF).

Dusky RF - head spines typically absent; body deeper; body brown to tan.

Yellowtail RF - body brassy w/ yellow fins; head spine count differs; body deeper.

Distribution: Bering Sea - Southern California

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