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Sebastes entomelas (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)
Widow Rockfish
Family: Scorpaenidae

© Neil McDaniel  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #15981)

Source: Distribution of Sebastes entomelas as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10. Head spines weak - nasal, preocular spines present, parietals usually present, supraocular, postocular and tympanic spines usually absent, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Interorbital space convex, sloped; no symphyseal knob; caudal peduncle narrow; anal fin with a strong posterior slant (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin indented (Ref. 6885). Gold brown to dusky, light ventrally; membranes of fins dark, lighter on spinous dorsal (Ref. 27437).

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)


Species Biology

A generally active and free-swimming rockfish found in midwater above a rocky reef or steep shoreline; occasionally huddling motionless among caves and crevices (Ref. 27436). Young are found in shallow water (Ref. 2850). Form schools (Ref. 2850). Feed mostly on small pelagic crustaceans and fishes (Ref. 2850). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Environment: pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 0 - 549 m (Ref. 27437). Climate: temperate; 60°N - 32°N

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)



Northeast Pacific: middle Albatross Bank in the Gulf of Alaska to Todos Santos Bay, Baja California, Mexico.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-07-13 9:19:41 PM]
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