Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Sebastidae
(Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastinae
Etymology: Sebastes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335); flavidus: From the Latin flavidus, meaning 'yellow' (Ref. 27436).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 549 m (Ref. 6793), usually 24 - 46 m (Ref. 2850). Temperate, preferred 9°C (Ref. 107945); 60°N - 32°N
Northeast Pacific: Unalaska Island, Alaska to San Diego, California, USA.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 36.0, range 27 - 42 cm
Max length : 66.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4925); max. published weight: 2.5 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 64 years (Ref. 39247)
soft rays: 7 - 9. Head spines weak - nasals present, preocular and parietal spines usually absent, supraocular, postocular, tympanic, coronal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437). May have a prominent symphyseal knob; posterior edge of anal fin vertical (Ref. 27436). Caudal fin nearly truncate but slightly forked (Ref. 6885). Olive green to greenish brown with some light mottling dorsally, light ventrally; fins yellowish green, ventral fins often tinged in orange (Ref. 27436).
Form schools in open water along steeply sloping shores or above rocky reefs; also holes up amid cracks and crevices of the sea floor (Ref. 27436). Juveniles found around floats and pilings (Ref. 27436). Feed on pelagic crustaceans, fishes and squids (Ref. 6885). Viviparous (Ref. 34817). Filleted, then sold fresh or frozen, with other rockfishes (Ref. 27436).
Clemens, W.A. and G.V. Wilby, 1961. Fishes of the Pacific coast of Canada. 2nd ed. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada Bull. (68):443 p. (Ref. 4925)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.16; tm=6-7; tmax=64).
Prior r = 0.26, 2 SD range = 0.17 - 0.41, log(r) = -1.35, SD log(r) = 0.22, Based on: 1 K, 10 tgen, 2 tmax, 3 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (56 of 100) .