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

Genus/species:   Sebastes nebulosus


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Body blue or black, mottled with yellow; some individuals white ventrally; a broad yellow stripe from about the 3rd dorsal spine runs into or along the lateral line. Pelvic, anal and caudal fins are dark.Length to 45 cm (18 in), weight to 1.7 kg (3.75 lbs).

 DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Southeast Alaska to Southern California. Lives among rocky shores along exposed coasts to depths of 3–138 m (10-450 ft) . Lurk solitarily in caverns and among crevices, rest benthically on their fins. Often remain on their “homesite” for many years.

 DIET IN THE WILD: Preys upon fishes, crustaceans (including amphipods, crabs and shrimps), brittlestars and mollusks (including gastropods, squid and octopuses).

 REPRODUCTION: Fertilization internal.

MORTALITY: Can live to at least 79 years.

CONSERVATION: IUCN, Not evaluated.

REMARKS: One of the tastiest rockfishes, but infrequently in markets because rarely caught. All rockfishes have venomous spines on dorsal, pectoral and anal fins. Not so toxic as scorpionfishes venom, but still capable of inflicting a painful sting. Sebastes is Greek for “magnificent.” Nebulosus is Latin for “clouded.”

 LOCATION: California Rocky Coast CC06





Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p.


California Coast CC06