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Sebastes mystinus (Jordan and Gilbert, 1881)
BLUE ROCKFISH
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Sebastes mystinus
Blue Rockfish
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Sebastes mystinus
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Blue Rockfish
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Sebastes mystinus (Jordan & Gilbert , 1881)

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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 ) ;   mystinus: Name from the Latinized form of the Greek word μυ;stησ, mwhich means initiated one or mystic, c, interpreted by some as 'priest'; 19th century fishermen of Monterey, CA called the fish 'pêche prêtre' because of its dark coloration and its light band between the head bars that resembles a clerical collar (Ref. 103574 ) .  More on authors: Jordan & Gilbert .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 550 m (Ref. 6885 ), usually 183 - 550 m (Ref. 6885 ).   Subtropical; 55°N - 30°N, 130°W - 150°W

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Eastern Pacific: northern limit is uncertain, at least from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada (possibly Aleutian Islands, Alaska) to northern Baja California, Mexico.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 61.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637 ); max. published weight: 3.8 kg (Ref. 40637 ); max. reported age: 44 years (Ref. 39247 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 8 - 10; Vertebrae : 26 - 27. Head spines weak to very weak - nasals present, preoculars usually present, supraocular, postocular and tympanic spines usually absent, coronal, parietal and nuchal spines absent (Ref. 27437 ). Eye diameter and mouth small (Ref. 27437 ). Deep bodied with large pectoral fins (Ref. 27437 ). Anal fin profile vertical or slanted posteriorly (Ref. 27437 ). Caudal fin indented (Ref. 6885 ). Blue or black in color with vague striping on forehead; lighter ventrally (Ref. 27437 ). Branchiostegal rays: 7 (Ref. 36715 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

May be found near the surface or off the bottom, generally over shallow reefs, but also around kelp and over deep reefs (Ref. 2850 ). Juveniles are pelagic (Ref. 36715 ). Form schools, sometimes with other rockfishes (Ref. 2850 ). Feed mainly on krill (Ref. 2850 ), but also on tunicates, jellyfishes and fishes (Ref. 6885 ). Viviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36715 ). Young are important prey for fishes and other marine vertebrates (Ref. 2850 ).

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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. 120744 )

    Not Evaluated  

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums FAO(Publication : search ) | FishSource |

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 0.8 - 7.9, mean 4.2 (based on 65 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  2.7   ±0.1 se; Based on diet studies. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.17 (?); tm=3-5; tmax=44). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High vulnerability (56 of 100) .

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