Sebastes brevispinis (Bean, 1884)
Silvergray rockfish
Sebastes brevispinis
photo by Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.

 Family:  Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads), subfamily: Sebastinae
 Max. size:  71 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 4,710.0 g; max. reported age: 82 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 375 m
 Distribution:  Northeast Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska (Ref. 27436) to Baja California, Mexico.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Head spines weak - nasal, preocular and parietal spines present, supraocular, postocular, tympanic, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Lower jaw long and protruding beyond upper jaw; distinct symphyseal knob; maxillary extends to rear of orbit (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin indented (Ref. 6885). Greenish to silver gray, white tinged with orange or pink ventrally; lips dusky (Ref. 27437).
 Biology:  Occur just above the bottom, sometimes found in rocky caverns and crevices (Ref. 27436). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 6885). Rarely caught by anglers (Ref. 27436). Filleted and sold indiscriminately with other rockfish; flavor and texture of flesh particularly good (Ref. 27436).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
 Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 14.11.01
 Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 03.05.94

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