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Sebastes nebulosus Ayres, 1854
China Rockfish
Family: Scorpaenidae

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

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6 - 8. Head spines strong - nasal, preocular, postocular, tympanic and parietal spines present, supraocular, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). Parietal ridges very high and thick (Ref. 27437). Mouth small (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 27437). Body blue or black, mottled with yellow; some individuals white ventrally; a broad yellow stripe from about the 3rd dorsal spine runs into or along the lateral line (Ref. 27437). Pelvic, anal and caudal fins are dark (Ref. 27437).

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


Species Biology

A territorial species occurring on the open coast, among rocks and reefs (Ref. 2850). Has mildly venomous spines (Ref. 27436). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 128 m (Ref. 2850), usually ? - 92 m (Ref. 27437). Climate: temperate

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



Eastern Pacific: southeast Alaska to Redondo Beach and San Miguel Island, southern California, USA.

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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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: 2021-05-13 12:00:56 PM]
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