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Sebastes ruberrimus  (Cramer, 1895)

Yelloweye rockfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastinae
Etymology: Sebastes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335);  ruberrimus: From the Latin ruberrimus, meaning 'very red' (Ref. 27436).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 15 - 549 m (Ref. 27437).   Subtropical

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 40.0, range 36 - ? cm
Max length : 104 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 17.8 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 118 years (Ref. 39247)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5 - 8. Head spines very strong to strong - nasal, preocular, supraocular, postocular, tympanic and parietal spines present, coronal and nuchal spines usually present (Ref. 27437). Raspy ridges on older fish (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 6885). Orange red to orange yellow in color; eye bright yellow; fins may have black tips; adults usually with light to white stripe on lateral line; juveniles with 2 light stripes, one on lateral line and a shorter one below lateral line (Ref. 27437).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Eastern Pacific: Gulf of Alaska to northern Baja California, Mexico.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occur in rocky reefs and boulder fields (Ref. 27437), the young found in shallower regions (Ref. 27436). Feed on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 28499). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Sold as fillets (Ref. 6885).

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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.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

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

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.4   ±0.7 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (tm=12-15; tmax=118).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (73 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.