Rockfish Species Index

Rockfish, or Sebastes, is a genus of fish in the family Sebastidae that can also be part of the Scorpaenidae family depending on which Scientist you talk to! Most of the world's Sebastes species (approximately 110 species) live in the north Pacific, although two live in the south Pacific/Atlantic and four live in the north Atlantic. The coastal region off Southern California is the area with the greatest rockfish diversity, with 56 species living in the Southern California Bight alone. The Pacific Northwest is home to 39 species of rockfish, all of which reside in varying depths throughout the water with only a few accessible to divers.

Most Rockfish range from the intertidal zone to almost 3,000 metres (9,800 ft.) deep, usually living benthically on various substrates, often (as the name suggests) around rock outcrops. Some rockfish species are very long lived, amongst the longest living fish on earth, with a maximum reported age of 205 years.

 

Quillback Rockfish
Copper Rockfish -
 
 
 
Yellowtail Rockfish -
Sebastes flavidus
 
 
 
     
 Widow Rockfish -
Sebastes entomelas
Vermilion Rockfish -
Sebastes miniatus
 
 
 
 
Puget Sound Rockfish -
 Sebastes emphaeus
Canary Rockfish -
Sebastes pinniger 
 Silvergrey Rockfish -
Sebastes breispinis
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yelloweye Rockfish -
 
 
Sebastes ruberrimus
 

 

Additional Pacific Northwest Rockfish Species

Blue Rockfish - Sebastes mystinus Greenstriped Rockfish - Sebastes elongatus
Harlequin Rockfish - Sebates varlegatus Bank Rockfish - Sebastes rufus
Northern Rockfish - Sebastes polyspinis Light Dusky Rockfish - Sebastes variabilis
Dark Dusky Rockfish - Sebastes ciliatus Bocaccio - Sebastes paucispinis
Stripedtail Rockfish - Sebastes saxicola Pygmy Rockfish - Sebastes wilsoni
Chilipepper - Sebastes goodei Shortbelly Rockfish - Sebastes jordani
Shortraker Rockfish - Sebastes borealls Blackgill Rockfish - Sebastes melanostomus
Rougheye Rockfish - Sebastes aleutianus Aurora - Sebastes aurora
Darkblotched Rockfish - Sebastes crameri  Yellowmouth Rockfish - Sebastes reedi
 Sharpchin Rockfish - Sebastes zacentrus  Pacific Ocean Perch - Sebastes alutus
 Splitnose Rockfish - Sebastes diploproa  Rosethorn Rockfish - Sebastes helvomaculatus
 Redstripe Rockfish - Sebastes proriger  Redbanded Rockfish - Sebastes babcocki
Shortspine Thornyhead - Sebastolobus alascanus Longspine Thornyhead - Sebastolobus altivelis

 

                       

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