Vermilion rockfish (Sebastes miniatus) commonly known as red snapper and are much desired as a food fish. Vermillion rockfish are usually found near or slightly above the bottom, often over rocky structure with vertical relief. They move from reef to reef feeding on schools of prey such as squid, forage fish, small rockfish, octopi and krill.
The vermilion rockfish is dark red with mottled gray sides. They have a red mouth and fins and the fins are often edged with black. They have three obscure orange stripes radiating from each eye.
Vermillion rockfish are a relatively shortlived species living up to 25 years, but they reach an impressive size of 30 inches and weigh upwards to 20 pounds.
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