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Sebastes melanostictus  (Matsubara, 1934)

Blackspotted 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);  melanostictus: Greek, melas = black + Greek, stiktos = spotted or dappled; alluding to the spotted body coloration (Ref.87139).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 84 - 1000 m (Ref. 87139), usually 350 - 450 m (Ref. 87139).   Subtropical

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Pacific: from Japan (about 35°N), north through the Kuril Is., Aleutian Is., and the Bering Sea to 60.5°N; south to southern California on Coronado Bank, at 32.6°N.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87139)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-15; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8; Vertebrae: 26 - 27. Head spines, 8; infraorbital spines, 2 or more; body coloration generally dusky with faint mottling on dorsum; spinous dorsal-fin and rest of body often spotted; dorsal-fin spine 1 longer, 1.0 to 1.8 times into orbit length, 5.9-9.6% SL; dorsal-fin spine 4 longer, 12.0-18.4% SL; gill rakers longer, 3.9-7.1% SL and more numerous in comparison to S. aleutianus. Genetically, with the protein variants ACP*46, either IDDH*500 or *750 or both, either PGM-2*83 or *74 or both, and XO*109 (Hawkins et al., 2005); homozygosity at microsatellite allele ?Sma6*177 (Gharrett et al., 2005, 2006); and mitochondrial haplotype A of Gharrett et al. (2005, 2006) (Ref.87139).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Orr, J.W. and S. Hawkins, 2008. Species of the rougheye rockfish complex: resurrection of Sebastes melanostictus (Matsubara, 1934) and a redescription of Sebastes aleutianus (Jordan and Evermann, 1898) (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes). Fish. Bull. 106(2):111-134. (Ref. 87139)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01585 (0.00515 - 0.04876), b=3.03 (2.77 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .