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Sebastes nigrocinctus  Ayres, 1859

Tiger rockfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastinae
Etymology: Sebastes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335);  nigrocinctus: From the Latin niger and cinctus, meaning 'black' and 'belt' (Ref. 27436).   More on author: Ayres.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 275 m (Ref. 27436).   Temperate; - 35°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 61.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. published weight: 2.2 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 116 years (Ref. 39247)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6 - 7. Head spines strong - nasal, preocular, supraocular, postocular, tympanic, coronal, parietal and nuchal spines present (Ref. 27437). Strongly concave between eyes; parietal ridges very thick and coarse (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 6885). Light pink to red with 5 or 6 black or dark red bars on body; 2 dark bars radiating from each eye (Ref. 27437).

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Eastern Pacific: Cape Resurrection, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska to Point Buchon, central California, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit rocky reefs, mainly at depths greater than 10 m (Ref. 27436). Solitary and territorial, defending a home crevice among rocks (Ref. 2850). Juveniles pelagic (Ref. 27436). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Quickly changes color when disturbed or when there is a change in lighting (Ref. 6885). Caught infrequently and incidentally marketed as rockfish (Ref. 27436). Flesh firm and tasty (Ref. 27436).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (tmax=116).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (71 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.