A bronzespotted rockfish over rocky substrate and crinoids.
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Team
Bronzespotted rockfish (Sebastes gilli) are deep-bodied and spiny fishes, with sharply upturned mouths. They are red, orange, or yellow-orange with dark spotting, blotching, or loose vermiculations on the back and sides. The backs and sides may be splotched with white. Three similarly colored lines radiate from the eyes, two backward and one downward.
Bronzespotteds range from central California to northern Baja California at depths of 75 to 413 meters. They form a minor part of the southern California commercial fishery and are taken primarily by gillnet and hook and line. Recreational fishermen catch a few bronzespotted rockfish in deepwater, usually over 200 meters.
Alternate common name: Arkansas red, warthog.
Maximum size: 71.2 cm (27.8 inches).
Maximum age: At least 47 years.
From: The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific, by M.S. Love, M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson. University of California Press, 2002.