Sebastes jordani (Gilbert, 1896)
Shortbelly rockfish
Sebastes jordani
photo by Gotshall, D.W.

 Family:  Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads), subfamily: Sebastinae
 Max. size:  32 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 31 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 350 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada to northern Baja California, Mexico. Reported from Granite Island, off Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (Ref. 27437).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-11; Vertebrae: 26-26. Head spines weak - nasal, preocular, postocular, tympanic and parietal spines present, supraocular, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Body slender and elongate; vent midway between origins of pelvic and anal fins (Ref. 27437). Posterior margin of caudal fin deeply indented (Ref. 6885). Greenish pink dorsally, fading to light ventrally (Ref. 27437). Branchiostegal rays: 7 (Ref. 36715).
 Biology:  Found in a wide range of habitats, sometimes in large schools well offshore and off bottom (Ref. 2850). Juveniles are pelagic (Ref. 36715). Adults feed on planktonic animals, mainly krill (Ref. 2850). Viviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36715). A very important prey species for predatory fishes and marine mammals (Ref. 2850). Not marketed due to its small size (Ref. 2850).
 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: Luna, Susan M. - 09.06.15
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 09.09.96

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