General: Pink and brown with white splotches, black on the on the rear edge of the gill cover; short dorsals, heavy body. Look for three broad bars on the body and 2 narrow stripes across the head. Compare to S. crameri and S. borelais (band extends all the way down the body). Likely to be nudged into a crevice.
Size: to 61 cm
Ocean range (global): British Columbia southern Baja.
Habitat description: Benthic.
Published depth range: 87 - 768 m, adults usually deeper than 200 m.
Consulting taxonomist: Donna Kline, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA.
ReferencesEncyclopedia 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, Los Angeles, London. 404 pp.
Butler, J.L., M.S. Love, and T. Laidig (2012). A guide to the rockfishes, thornyheads, and scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 185 pp.
Citation: Sebastes melanostomus ((Eigenmann and Eigenmann, 1890)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Sebastes%20melanostomus. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2018-07-18.