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  • Sebastichthys alutus  Gilbert, 1890: 76 (original description).
  • Sebastes (Acutomentum) paucispinosus  Matsubara, 1943: 216.
    FAO Names
    En - Pacific ocean perch, Fr - Sébaste du Pacifique, Sp - Gallineta del Pacífico.
    3Alpha Code: OPP     Taxonomic Code: 1780100109
    Diagnostic Features
    Body and head generally compressed. Head not completely covered with bony plates, but armed with various spines and ridges; no lachrymal and 3rd infraorbital spines on the lower margin of the orbit, the lower jaw more projecting than the upper, the tooth pach on the tip of the lower jaw exposed in front of the upper, and distance between tips of both jaws much more than 1/3 of orbit diameter.  Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 13-15 soft rays; originating far behind eye. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8-9 soft rays. Pectoral with 18 rays, without a notch.  Colour light red above; whitish below. Usually has dark saddles along back; often a large olive-green are below soft dorsal fin. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    Northeastern Japan, through the Bering Sea to southern California.
    Habitat and Biology
    Abundant in offshore water; on bottom at 180-640 m; adults usually below 122 m.Preyed upon by halibut and albacore tuna.Grows slowly; probably lives for 30 years.
    Attains about 51 cm.
    Interest to Fisheries
    Most important commercial rockfish in the northeastern Pacific. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 30 768 t. The countries with the largest catches were USA (2 616 t) and Canada (6 900 t).
    Marketed as fillets. Utilized fresh and frozen; eaten fried, microwaved and baked.
    Local Names
    Danish : R& .
    Amaoka, K. - 1984 Scorpaenidae. In: H. Masuda; K. Amaoka; C. Araga; T. Uyeno; T. Yoshino (eds.). The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokai. Univ. Press. 309-313.
    Catalog On Line. Fishbase: ICLARM . Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald & H. Hammann. - 1983A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Petersen Field Guide Series. Nº 28: i-xii+1-336 pp. 
    Vera, J. - 1992 Diccionario multilingüe de especies marinas para el mundo hispano.Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación. Secretaria General Técnica.  1282 pp.
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