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Black Rockfish

Sebastes melanops

      
(1,3,6: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2,4-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 7: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Black-and-Yellow Rockfish

Sebastes chrysomelas

       
(1,3,7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2,4,6: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 5: Eel Point, San Clemente Island / 8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Blue Rockfish

Sebastes mystinus

       
(1-3,6-7: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos / 8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Juveniles are pinkish:
    
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2-3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Bocaccio

Sebastes paucispinis

This is a juvenile:
(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Brown Rockfish

Sebastes auriculatus

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Canary Rockfish

Sebastes pinniger

 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Calico Rockfish

Sebastes dallii

 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Copper Rockfish

Sebastes caurinus

       
(1,3-7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2,8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Gopher Rockfish

       
(1,4,7: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos / 5-6: West of Santa Barbara Island / 8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Similar copper rockfish has white fins instead of dark fins.

These are juveniles:
    
(1: Lovers Cove, Monterey / 2,4-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Nudibranch City, Santa Cruz Island)


Grass Rockfish

Sebastes rastrelliger

(1: Sea Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island)


Halfbanded Rockfish

Sebastes semicinctus

   
(1-2,4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Kelp Rockfish

Sebastes atrovirens

       
(1,3,7-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2,4-5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 6: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Juveniles have a Y-shaped stripe on the rear part of their side:
 
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Sub-adults are more pinkish, and not striped:
 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Olive Rockfish

Sebastes serranoides

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Juveniles are slimmer and lighter, and look very similar to a yellowtail rockfish.  Also compare to kelp bass.
 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Rosy Rockfish

Sebastes rosaceus

This is a juvenile, at 80' depth:
(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Adults usually hang out much deeper than that.


Treefish

Sebastes serriceps

     
(1: Ship Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 2: West of Santa Barbara Island / 3-4: Sutil Island, Santa Barbara Island / 5: Sea Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island / 6: Aumentos Reef, Monterey)

Juveniles have brighter coloration:
   
(1-2: Arch Point, Santa Barbara Island / 3: Nudibranch City, Santa Cruz Island / 4: Flame Reef, Santa Cruz Island)


Vermillion Rockfish

Sebastes miniatus

       
(1,3-4,6-8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos)

Juveniles have half-clear fins:
      
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2-4,6-7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Sub-adults are in between juveniles and adults in appearance:
 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Yellowtail Rockfish

Sebastes flavidus

       
(1,5-6: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2-4,8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 7: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

These are juveniles:

       
(1-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)