Sebastes maliger (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)
Quillback rockfish
Sebastes maliger
photo by Wirtz, P.

 Family:  Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads), subfamily: Sebastinae
 Max. size:  61 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3,280.0 g; max. reported age: 90 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 274 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Prince William Sound, Gulf of Alaska to Point Sur, central California, USA.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-7. Head spines strong - nasal, preocular, postocular, tympanic and parietal spines present, supraocular, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Spinous dorsal with deeply incised membranes (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 6885). Body mottled brown, distinct yellow areas above (including part of spinous dorsal), orange-brown spotting on lower anterior area (Ref. 27437).
 Biology:  Inhabit rocky bottoms and reefs, usually solitary on the bottom or hovering just above the bottom, but never far from cover (Ref. 27436, 27437). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Marketed as fillets (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: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 08.07.94

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