TAXONOMY

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Order: Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads)

Family: Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads)

Genus/species: Sebastes auriculatus 

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Light brown mottled w/ dark brown; a dark blotch on upper portion of opercle, fins dusky-pink. The rear area of the gill cover has a prominent dark patch which probably inspired its Latin name auriculatus, meaning eared.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT
Bahia San Hipolito in southern Baja California to Prince William Sound in the northern Gulf of Alaska. They are most often found in central and southern Puget Sound and from southern Baja California to Bodega Bay in northern California. Commonly live at shallow inshore depths of 396 ft. (120 m), and can be found as deep as 444 ft. (135 m).

DIET IN THE WILD
Small fishes, crab, shrimp, and other small invertebrates.

LOCATION: California Rocky Coast  CC06

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