China rockfish (Sebastes nebulosus) are bottom dwellers common along the nearshore reefs in shallow water from 10 feet deep to a depth of 120 feet. They grow to an average length of 12 inches attaining a maximum length of 17 inches by feeding on crabs, i.e. dungeness, rock crabs and hermit crabs, etc, shrimp, molluscs, octopi, chitons, polychaetes (marine worms) and small fish, i.e. shiner perch, midshipmen and anchovies. China rockfish have a blue or black body color mottled with yellow dorsally and some white ventrally. They have dark fins and a yellow stripe starting on dorsal fin at about the third spine that runs into and along the lateral line to the tail fin and are often called the yellowstripe rockfish.
Return to the Nearshore assemblage of Rockfish Species.