Sebastes polyspinis (Taranetz & Moiseev, 1933)
Northern rockfish
photo by Orlov, A.

 Family:  Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads), subfamily: Sebastinae
 Max. size:  41 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 57 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 740 m
 Distribution:  North Pacific: eastern Kamchatka to Pervenets Canyon in the Bering Sea and from Stalemate Bank to Graham Island (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, Canada.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-14; Anal spines: 3-3. Head spines very weak - nasal spines present, preocular, postocular and parietal spines usually present, supraocular, tympanic, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). The only rockfish in the eastern Gulf of Alaska with 14 dorsal fin spines; second anal fin spine as long as the 3rd (Ref. 27437). Top of head convex between eyes (Ref. 27437). Dark red with gray mottling and orange flecks; lower edge of pectoral fin white (Ref. 27437).
 Biology:  Found on soft bottoms (Ref. 2850). Viviparous (Ref. 34817).
 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: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 09.06.15
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 08.07.94

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