Sebastes aleutianus-melanostictus complex

Alternate names: rougheye rockfish, Sebastes aleutianus, Sebastes melanostictus

Author: (Jordan & Evermann, 1898)


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

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Bering Sea to San Diego, California.

Published depth range: 25 to at least 732 m.

Habitat description: Demersal.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Love, M.S., M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson (2002). The rockfishes of the northeast Pacific. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 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.

Orr, J. and S. Hawkins (2006). Systematics of Sebastes aleutianus: morphological evidence for the resurrection of Sebastes melanostinctus. In: 14th Western Groundfish Conference, Newport, OR.

Citation: Sebastes aleutianus-melanostictus complex ((Jordan & Evermann, 1898)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-10-01.
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