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[Photo] Gopher Rockfish (Sebastes carnatus) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Summer 2004. Source: Taken by Tom Murphy VII.
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The gopher rockfish
) is a rockfish
of the Pacific coast, primarily off California.
have a generally mottled appearance, with dark areas generally olive to reddish brown, and the lighter areas being white or maybe pinkish. The upper part of the back almost always has three light patches extending into the dorsal fins, and the lighter areas become more extensive ventrally. They range in size up to about 40 cm.
They are known from as far north as Cape Blanco in Oregon, down to Punta San Roque in southern Baja California. They can be found in the intertidal zone, but most occur at depths of 12???80 meters, living in crevices and holes during the day, and ranging further abroad at night to feed on benthic crustacea
s, and some types of fishes. They are territorial, claiming an area of 10???12 square meters.
Gophers are extremely closely related to the black-and-yellow rockfish Sebastes chrysomelas
; Sebastes chrysomelas
is darker brown with yellow patches, and tends to prefer shallower water. The two types are apparently genet
ically indistinguishable, and may represent a single species with two color morphs.
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