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Redfish (SEBASTES MENTELLA)

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REDFISH / SEBASTES MENTELLA
8 16 1.46 3.3 Skrova Norway 030704 N. Hearn
AT AT 1.46 3.3 Skrova Norway 030704 N. Hearn

Redfish (SEBESTES MENTELLA)

are stout bodied, slender fish, with spiny and soft rayed portions to their dorsal fin, and a forked caudal fin. They have a distinctive bony protrusion on the lower jaw, relatively large eyes and a fan of spines around the gill opening. The deepwater redfish tends to be a bright red overall with silvery patches between its pectorals and the gill opening, as well as on its cheeks and in the pelvic region.
redfish (SEBASTES MENTELLA)

The deepwater redfish ranges from the southern portion of Baffin Island south to the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine area. It is usually found in water deeper than 200 m. Although they are bottom dwelling on rocky or clayish silt, they rise off the bottom at night to feed on free swimming crustaceans and other fish. As they grow, they feed on fish more heavily than crustaceans. In turn, they are preyed upon by Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, and swordfish.

Redfish give birth to live young, nourishing their embryos internally through a yolk sac. Spawning begins during March, usually in deeper water and ends in shallower water during July. Newly hatched larvae stay in surface waters until they are 25 mm, at which time they move into deeper water.

Redfish are slow growing, reaching sexual maturity in 8 to 10 years, or even later in the northern parts of its range, and long lived – sometimes surviving for 40 years!

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