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Sebastes goodei  (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1890)

Chilipepper rockfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Sebastidae (Rockfishes, rockcods and thornyheads) > Sebastinae
Etymology: Sebastes: Greek, sebastes = august, venerable (Ref. 45335);  goodei: Named after Dr. G.B. Goode, U.S. ichthyologist (Ref. 6885).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 0 - 425 m (Ref. 6793).   Temperate; 52°N - 24°N, 131°W - 110°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Eastern Pacific: Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, Canada to Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 32.0, range 29 - ? cm
Max length : 56.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. published weight: 1.5 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 35 years (Ref. 56049)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 - 9; Vertebrae: 26. Head spines very weak - preoculars present, nasal, supraocular and parietal spines usually absent, postocular, tympanic, coronal and nuchal spines absent; chin projects outward; preopercular spines fairly strong; anal fin small and rear edge slanted posteriorly, 2nd anal spine short; body slender (Ref. 27437). Caudal fin moderately indented (Ref. 6885). Pinkish red to copper pink, white ventrally; lateral line in bright red zone; caudal fin dusky (Ref. 27437).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults frequent deep rocky reefs as well as sand and mud bottoms; young are pelagic (Ref. 36715) and occur in shallower waters (Ref. 2850). Feed on euphausiids (Ref. 6885), krill, small squids and fishes (Ref. 2850). Viviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36715). Marketed fresh and frozen; eaten fried, boiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Viviparous (Ref. 36715, 34817).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 7 - 9.7, mean 8.2 (based on 39 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.44 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.24; tm=4; tmax=27; Fec=29,000).
Prior r = 0.41, 2 SD range = 0.23 - 0.74, log(r) = -0.89, SD log(r) = 0.29, Based on: 1 K, 7 tgen, 2 tmax, 5 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Low.