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Sea fish of Kamchatka

Scorpaenidae

Shortraker rockfish

Scorpaenidae: Shortraker rockfishThe back is deep red, the sides are red or pink; the body may have vague darker spots. The species is big in size; its length may reach 120 cm and weight – 20 kg. The catch is usually composed of specimens with the length of   40-60 cm and weight of 1.5-4 kg. Maximum age of life is 42 years. The population living near Kamchatka Pacific coast is observed at the depth of 300-550 m, which can be considered optimal. This species lives mainly on continent slopes with a compound bottom relief. Shortraker rockfish living near north Pacific coast of Kamchatka and North Kurils becomes pubescent at the age of 9-12 years reaching length of 40-60 cm; the females reach pubescence later than males. Shortraker rockfish is a live-bearer characterized by internal fertilization. Mating takes place in September-October in the meadows. The mating is followed by hibernation lasting until the spring.