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

Genus/species: Sebastes constellatus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Elongate red-orange above, with 3–4 large whitish blotches on back; paler below. Small white dots cover most of the body. Max. length: 46 cm (18 inches).

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: San Francisco south to Baja in coastal waters; usually on deep reefs at 24¬–275 m (75-900 ft ).

REPRODUCTION:  As with other kinds of rockfish, fertilization is internal.  Viviparous (live young are born) with planktonic larvae and pelagic juveniles. 

CONSERVATION: IUCN; Not evaluated

REMARKS: Occasionally caught by sport fishers; considered highly flavorful.

California Rocky Coast  CC06

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CA dept of fish and wildlife   www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont4.asp#starry