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Sebastolobus altivelis Gilbert, 1896
Longspine Thornyhead
Family: Scorpaenidae

© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #13896)

Source: Distribution of Sebastolobus altivelis as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8 - 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 4 - 6. Head spines very strong - nasal, preocular, supraocular, postocular, tympanic, parietal and nuchal spines present, coronal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Spiny ridge on sub-orbital bone; gill chamber mostly dark; third dorsal spine longest; slight notch on pectoral fin (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin slightly rounded (Ref. 6885). Red rockfish with some black on fins (Ref. 27437).

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


Species Biology

Adults occur on soft bottom of offshore waters (Ref. 2850). Juveniles occur in midwater (Ref. 2850). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are spawned in pelagic gelatinous masses (Ref. 59312). Environment: bathydemersal; marine; depth range 201 - 1757 m (Ref. 27437). Climate: deep-water; 52°N - 23°N

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



Eastern Pacific: Aleutian Islands, Alaska to southern 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 StatusSC (Apr 2007)
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General References

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: 2021-01-24 6:13:03 PM]
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