General: Jay Orr and others found the Rougheye in Alaska to be a complex and that there were two genetically distinct types (going under the name of aleutianus). The second type was determined to be S. melanostictus, Blackspotted Rockfish. In a 2014 fishereies genetic study (NOAA), ~11% of the fish ID'd as S. aleutianus were in fact S. melanostictus.
Size: to 80 cm
Ocean range (global): Bering Sea to San Diego, California.
Published depth range: 25 to at least 732 m.
Habitat description: Demersal.
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Orr, J. and S. Hawkins (2006). Systematics of Sebastes aleutianus: morphological evidence for the resurrection of Sebastes melanostictus. In 14th Western Groundfish Conference, Newport, OR, January 30 – February 3, 2006.
Love, M.S., M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson (2002). The rockfishes of the northeast Pacific. University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London. 404 pp.
Orr, J.W., and S. Hawkins (2007). 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. 106:111-134.
Citation: Sebastes aleutianus-melanostictus complex ((Jordan & Evermann, 1898)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Sebastes%20aleutianus-melanostictus%20complex. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2018-01-16.