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Sebastes ovalis  (Ayres, 1862)

Speckled rockfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastinae
Etymology: Sebastes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 365 m (Ref. 36715), usually 75 - 150 m (Ref. 36715).   Subtropical; 38°N - 30°N, 124°W - 115°W

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Eastern Pacific: San Francisco in California, USA to northern Baja California, Mexico; rare north of Santa Barbara, California.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 28.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 56.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. published weight: 950.00 g (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 37 years (Ref. 39277)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8; Vertebrae: 27. Branchiostegal rays: 7 (Ref. 36715).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found commonly on deep rocky areas in southern California, USA from 30-366 m. Viviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36715).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Viviparous (Ref. 36715, 34817).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=7; tmax=37).
Prior r = 0.23, 2 SD range = 0.08 - 0.67, log(r) = -1.47, SD log(r) = 0.53, Based on: 1 K, 3 tgen, 1 tmax, 1 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .