Sebastes nebulosus Ayres, 1854
China rockfish
China rockfish,  Yellowstripe rockfish,  Rockfish
Sebastes nebulosus
photo by Lonhart, S.I.

Family:  Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads), subfamily: Sebastinae
Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,670.0 g; max. reported age: 79 years
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 128 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: southeast Alaska to Redondo Beach and San Miguel Island, southern California, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3; 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).
Biology:  A territorial species occurring on the open coast, among rocks and reefs (Ref. 2850). Has mildly venomous spines (Ref. 27436). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). One of the tastiest rockfishes (Ref. 2850) but rarely found in markets because it is rarely caught (Ref. 27436).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  venomous
Country info:  Commercially important in domestic Oriental markets (Ref. 27437). Species is on the decline (Ref. 36720). Also Ref. 4925, 6885, 27436, 95452.

Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 14.07.01
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 10.09.96

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