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Canary Rockfish Sebastes pinniger

 

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Canary Rockfish
credit: Stan Shebs/CCSA

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Family: Scorpaenidae, Scorpionfishes view all from this family



Description The canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) is a rockfish of the Pacific coast, found from south of Shelikof Strait in the eastern Gulf of Alaska to Punta Colnett in northern Baja California.

As the name suggests, this rockfish is notable for a general orange-yellow appearance, consisting of a blotchy orange pattern over a whitish or light gray background. The head has three stripes angling downwards and back, the middle one generally running across the eye, and the other two on each side of the eye. The lateral line is in a clear area. The fins are orange, with the pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins somewhat pointed and larger (thus the species epithet pinniger, meaning "I bear a large fin"). Some individuals have dark blotches on the body or dorsal fin. Maximum recorded length if 76 cm (29.6 in).


Dimensions Up to 30" (76 cm).


Warning The dorsal and anal fins contain mildly venomous spines.


Habitat Open ocean, Ocean or bay shallows.


Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska.


 

 

 

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