Species catalogue


Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Scorpaenidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongated and compressed. Mouth wide. Head with several spines. Spines on the preoperculum are flattened, the ventral spines downward pointing. Scales on lateral line. Dorsal fin has numerous strong spines and soft rays. Anal fin with a few spines and several soft rays; pectoral fin with soft rays. Colour bright red except for the belly which has pink or rose flush, and a dusky area on posterior part of opercle. Maximum size: 100 cm. Maximum weight: 15 kg.

FAO code
Sebastes marinus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Grosser Rotbarsch
France Rascasse
Italy Scorfano di Norvegia
Portugal Peixe vermelho
United Kingdom Redfish
Japan Menuke
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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