1 - 1 pounds
6" - 14"
Shortbelly Rockfish have a dark brown dorsal portion that slowly turns into light pink before it turns white at its underbelly. Its dorsal fin appears to be split into two sections. All in all, it has 13 dorsal spines but 13-16 dorsal rays. Its name comes from the placement of the vent. Unlike its other cousins (Sharpchin, Canary, and etc.), the Shortbelly Rockfish’s vent is midway between the pelvic fin and the anal fin. This makes it easier to identify it among the other Rockfishes.
Unlike other Rockfish, the Shortbelly Rockfish does not have those distinct black bars that its cousins have. Instead, it has a fading gradient that runs vertically. They also have big eyes that appear disproportionate to its body.
Shortbelly Rockfish have a medium-sized terminal lip. This makes it easier for them to feed on zooplankton or krill. Normally, they feed at night along the water column where most of the zooplankton and krill can be found.
Among all the Rockfish, the Shortbelly Rockfish is one of the smaller species. The Shortbelly Rockfish is known to only reach 14 inches. Usually, it’s the females that reach 14 inches. Male Shortbelly Rockfishes can be quite small. Their weights usually range between 0.5 to 0.8 lbs.