Honeycomb Rockfish
Sebastes umbrosus

Physical Description 

    • Light orange, red, or brown body, overlaid with fine, blackish dots around margins of scales. Coloring gives body a honeycomb appearance
    • 3 to 5 clear whitish blotches on back and orange fins
    • Compact, squat body shape, covered in spines
    • Longest Honeycomb rockfish recorded was 10.6 inches


    • Found from Point Pinos, Monterey County, Central California, to Southern Baja California


    • Found in water of depths 100-400 feet
    • Live on or near the bottom


    • Unlike many other fish that lay eggs, rockfish release live young


    • Rockfish prey depends on species, and little is known about the honeycomb rockfish diet
    • Rockfish prey often includes Pacific herring, crabs, shrimp, surfperch, greenlings, and amphipods


    • Adult rockfish are eaten by larger rockfish, lingcod, sharks, salmon, dolphin, seals and sea lions, seabirds, and river otters
    • Juvenile and larval rockfish are eaten by siphonophores, chaetognaths, other rockfish, lingcod, cabezon, salmon, marine birds, and porpoises

Interesting Facts 

    • They are unafraid of humans and can be closely approached with slow, nonthreatening movements.
    • They release live young rather than laying eggs like many other fish.

Sources: Eschmeyer et al. 1983; fishbase.in; NOAA NMFS; Biology and Ecology of Venomous Marine Scorpionfishes; Encyclopedia of Puget Sound; Mexican-fish.com; Wourms 1991

Photo:Kevin Lee

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