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Sebastes pinniger  (Gill, 1864)

Canary 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);  pinniger: From the Latin pinna and gero, connoting 'fin' and 'to bear' (Ref. 27436).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 838 m (Ref. 55644), usually 90 - 270 m (Ref. 36715).   Subtropical; 65°N - 31°N

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 44.0, range 27 - 54 cm
Max length : 76.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3496); max. published weight: 4.5 kg (Ref. 4699); max. reported age: 84 years (Ref. 39247)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7. Head spines strong to moderate - nasal, preocular, supraocular, postocular, tympanic and parietal spines present, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Scales on lower jaw embedded; anal fin with a strong anterior slant (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin strongly indented (Ref. 6885). Bright yellow to orange mottled on a gray background; 3 orange stripes across head; fins orange; specimens less than 35.56 cm with dark markings on posterior part of spinous dorsal; gray along lateral line (Ref. 27437).

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Eastern Pacific: south of the Shelikof Strait in the Gulf of Alaska to Cape Colnett, Baja California, Mexico.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults hover in loose groups above rocky bottoms (Ref. 27436). Pelagic juveniles are found in shallower water (Ref. 27436). Feed on small fishes and krill (Ref. 2850). Viviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36715). Validated age by radiometry is 44 yrs (Ref. 49687). Flesh is of good quality (Ref. 27436). Sold as fillets (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

  Venomous (Ref. 4690)




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.61 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=7; tmax=84; Musick et al. 2000 (Ref. 36717); Fec=85,000 (annual fecundity)).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (62 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Low.