Sebastidae

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Sebastidae
Gopher rockfish.jpg
Gopher rockfish, Sebastes carnatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Sebastidae
Kaup, 1873
Genera[1]

Adelosebastes
Helicolenus
Hozukius
Sebastes
Sebasticus
Sebastolobus
Trachyscorpia

The Sebastidae are a family of marine fish in the order Scorpaeniformes. Their common names include rockfishes, rock perches, ocean perches, sea perches, thornyheads and rockcods. Despite the latter name, they are not closely related to the cods in the genus Gadus, nor the rock cod, Lotella rhacina.

Not all authorities recognise this family as distinct from the Scorpaenidae. FishBase does recognise it,[1] but ITIS does not.[2]

Of about 130 species in this family, the substantial majority belong to genus Sebastes, including the rose fish (Sebastes norvegicus). They are found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Over 100 of the species are viviparous, and these occur mainly in the North Pacific. All species have venom glands in their dorsal, anal, and pelvic spines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Sebastidae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ "Sebastes". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 12 June 2006.