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Copper Rockfish Sebastes caurinus

 

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Copper Rockfish
credit: Steve Lonhart

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Family: Scorpaenidae, Scorpionfishes view all from this family



Description The copper rockfish, sebastes caurinus, is a fish of the Sebastidae family (rockfish, rockcod and thornyheads).

It is a relatively common rockfish of the Pacific coast. It is very widespread in its distribution, known from the very northern reaches of the Gulf of Alaska, to the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula, north of Guerrero Negro. The copper rockfish is also very widely distributed in depth, from the subtidal shallows to over 600ft.

Copper rockfish are known to be highly variable in coloration, ranging from a dark reddish brown, with pale copper blotching along the sides, to a lighter pinkish brown with a yellowish white mottling on the flanks. At one time it was thought that these variations were two different fish: Sebastes caurinus and Sebastes vexillaris. It is now known however that it is simply one species.


Dimensions Up to 22" (56 cm).


Warning Caution should be used when handling these fish to avoid touching their mildly venomous dorsal and anal fin spines.


Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Open ocean.


Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska.


 

 

 

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