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

Genus/pecies: Sebastes serriceps


TreefishIMG_8880GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS:  One of the most striking, unusually marked rockfishes, with black stripes over a yellow body and red lips and chin. Compact body with large head venomous spines.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT:  San Francisco to central Baja California Inhabiting areas with numerous caves, crevices and other protective recesses. They are solitary and territorial and usually found between 6–40 m (19-125 ft) a maximum depth of 45 m (190 ft).


DIET IN THE WILD: Most probably either crepuscular (feeding at dawn and dusk) or nighttime ambush predator, feeding on shrimp, crabs and small fishes.

REPRODUCTION: Viviparous, same as other Sebastes.

PREDATORS: Sharks, dolphins, and seals.

LONGEVITY: Live up to 25 years.

REMARKS: S. serriceps is an important species in both the nearshore recreational fishery and in the commercial live fish fishery.

Serriceps means “saw head” in latin, referring to the large head spines. See below.

Treefish  (Juvenile) Sebastes serriceps IMG_0036

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