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

Genus/species: Sebastes rubrivinctus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Deep, fusiform, compressed. Adult colored white-pinkish with 4 dark red-orange to reddish-brown bars across back and base of tail. Length to 64 cm (25 inches).

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Eastern Pacific: San Francisco, California, USA to Cape San Quentin, Baja California, Mexico. Found at depths to 300 m (900 ft). Juveniles shallower. Adults typically solitary and shelter in and around rocks, large sea anemones, ledge overhangs and in kelp.

DIET IN THE WILD: Benthic predators of crabs and hermit crabs, shrimps, fishes, octopuses.

MORTALITY: Live to at least 18 years.

REPRODUCTION: Fertilization internal. Livebearer.

REMARKS: A popular sport fish. Sebastes is Greek for “magnificent.” Rubrivinctus is formed from 2 Latin words that translate as “red banded.”

CONSERVATION: 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species.

LOCATION: California Rocky Coast CC06 and CC17





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