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

Genus/species: Sebastes paucispinis

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: World record: 90 cm (35 inches), 9.5 kg (20 lbs). Long jaw which extends to the eye socket is distinctive. Adults’ backs range in color from olive to burnt-orange with pink & red stomachs. Juveniles are light bronze with small brown spots on their sides. Coloring darkens and spots disappear as they mature.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Alaska to Baja California 40 – 300 m (130 – 980 ft) and are found in almost all habitats. Fish from age 1 – 3 years are relatively pelagic, become more demersal (bottom oriented) as they age. Oil platforms are now a somewhat important artificial habitat for the species.

TAXONOMY Class:      Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order:     Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads)  Family:    Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads)  Genus/species:  Sebastes paucispinis5426914107_560c411740_b

REPRODUCTION: Maturity at 4–5 years of age. Viviparous like all rockfishes, with internal fertilization and embryo development. The female gives birth to live larval young. S. paucispinis  has been in decline due to overfishing, which was curtailed in 1998. Because the species is slow-growing and late maturing, recovery will take many years. These fish are still being caught as by-catch in other fisheries

PREDATORS: Seabirds feed on juveniles. Marine mammals are common predators of adults. Life span: 45 to 50 years.

CONSERVATION: IUCN; Critically Endangered due to overfishing using trawling and gill netting.

REMARKS: Great sport fish, good eating. Like many rockfish species, the spines of bocaccio can be mildly poisonous and cause unpleasant pain if you are unlucky enough to get poked by one!

LOCATION: California Rocky Coast CC06

REFERENCES: 

fishbasewww.fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=3987&A… bokacio

 eol eol.org/pages/209611/details

flickr   http://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/7805276558/in/set-72157608333101710 

WORDPRESS SHORTLINK  http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-D6

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/identification/rockfish/s_paucispinis.html