TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads)
Family: Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads)

Genus/species: Sebastes rosaceus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICSFour to five whitish blotches bordered by purple on the back; reddish to purple mottling on back, sides red, whitish below. Unlike the Starry Rockfish, is not covered with white dots. A relatively small rockfish; Size: to 11 inches 30 cm  long.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITATPuget Sound to central Baja, but rare north of California. Bottom-dweller, usually between 30–45 m (100-150 ft.), though occasionally deeper.

DIET IN THE WILD: Small fishes, crustaceans.

REPRODUCTION: Livebearer.

Remarks: Rosy rockfish hide under dark ledges during the day.

CONSERVATION: IUCN; Unknown                                                                                                                                                                                                     


California Rocky Coast CC06  above

 

California Coast 6-19-14 Below

Vetted California Academy of Sciences,  MUpton@calacademy.org

RosyRockfishIMG_9044

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WORDPRESS SHORTLINK  http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-ED

Montery Bay Aquarium: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/fishes/rosy-rockfish