Chilipepper (Sebastes goodei) occur infrequently along the Oregon Coast south of latitude 43 40’N off of Umpqua Bay. Chilipeppers are found over the steep sided slopes, vertical walls and rocky structure of the nearshore reefs and offshore banks as well as over sand and mud bottoms and occasionally over flat hard substrate at depths between 164 to 1200 feet.  Females are larger than the males.  Females grow to a length of 22 inches and live to 27 years of age, while males grow to a length 15 inches and live only to 12 years of age. 

  Their color varies from pinkish red to copper pink with white ventrally along their belly.  The lateral line is in the red zone and is often bright red.  The tail fin is dusky and moderately indented.  The lower jaw projects outward displaying a broad prominent symphyseal knob but the lower jaw of the chilipepper is not nearly as strong as lower jaw displayed be the bocaccio rockfish.  The anal spines are short and the rear edge of the anal fin is slanted toward the tail fin posteriorly.  Chilipeppers are diurnal rising as much as 145 feet in the water column to feed on forage fish, squid and large euphausiids.

Chilipepper rockfish:

Date.......Depth.From.........................T0.........................................................Date.....Depth...From.........................To............................

06/30/98  1099 4203.98   12436.66   4205.47   12436.84*

07/02/98  682   4304.26   12447.00   4305.07   12448.62*

07/29/83  639   4304.2     12451.1     4305.4     12450.3**

07/29/83  672   4304.6     12447.0     4302.4     12448.0

07/16/95  705   4304.86   12512.25   4304.06   12514.06*

08/07/86  688   4305.0     12449.5     4304.8     12447.6

08/07/86  318   4315.1     12434.6     4316.2     12433.7*

08/02/83  718   4332.8     12435.1     4331.3     12435.6*

08/03/83  629   4340.0     124 33.1    4338.2     12433.0*

07/08/98  695   4416.35   12454.51   4415.09   12455.58*

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