(Red rockfishes with strong head spines)

Canary rockfish
(Sebastes pinniger)

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Body color:
Olive-gray w/ bright orange, fins orange. (Also see above underwater photo.)
Maximum length: 30 in (76 cm) Peritoneum color: light
Maximum depth: 200 fm (102 m) Shape between eyes: convex
Common depth: 27-137 fm (50-250 m) Counts: D:XIII,13-16, Ar:7, P1:16-18, GR:40-45,
LLp:39-47, LLs:43-50, V:26

Similar species:

Vermilion RF - body and fins red; underside of lower jaw rough w/ exposed scales (jaw smooth in Canary RF); gillrakers 35-43 (41-45 in Canary RF).

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

Rougheye RF, Shortraker RF, and Blackgill RF - body red w/ various black mottling; 0-8 spines below eye; anal-fin margin perpendicular.

Distribution: Gulf of Alaska - Baja California

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