Treefish

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Treefish
Treefish.JPG
At Coronados Islands, Mexico
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Sebastidae
Genus: Sebastes
Species: S. serriceps
Binomial name
Sebastes serriceps
(D. S. Jordan & C. H. Gilbert, 1880)

The treefish (Sebastes serriceps) is a marine fish of the Sebastes genus.[1][2] It is native to the eastern Pacific Ocean with a range from San Francisco, California to central Baja California, Mexico. Its name comes from the Latin "Saw Head", referring to the large spines on the top of its head. It has been reported up to 41 centimetres (16 in), and 25 years old. It usually occurs in crevices in rocky areas,[1] 5-90 metres (16-295 feet) deep. It is a very territorial fish, also being venomous to humans. They eat mollusks, crustaceans, and small fish. The young are fed upon by lingcod, cabezon, birds, rockfish, salmon, porpoises and terns, while adults are preyed upon by sharks, dolphins and seals. They are an important fish for the recreational fishing in California.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Sebastes serriceps" in FishBase. June 2006 version.
  2. ^ "Semicossyphus pulcher". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "Aqufind. ''Sebastes serriceps''-Treefish. 2012". Aquafind.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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