Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 30, Issue 1–2, pp 71–80 | Cite as

Sexual dimorphism inSebastes

  • William H. Lenarz
  • Tina Wyllie Echeverria
Reproduction and Development


Sexual dimorphism and factors that may cause it were investigated in 34 species of the genusSebastes. Sexual dimorphism in standard length and morphometric characters are fairly common in rockfish. In many species males are shorter than females. However in males head length, width of orbit, interorbital width, length of upper jaw, longest pectoral fin ray and longest dorsal spine tend to be larger at a specified size than in females. Water-column species tend to be more dimorphic than demersal species. We suggest that the observed differences in dimorphism in standard length may be related to differences in mating and territorial behavior. Dimorphisms in morphometric measurements may be related to compensation in feeding ability for reduced standard length of males, mating and territorial behavior.

Key words

Rockfish Behavior Feeding Morphology Scorpaenidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Lenarz
    • 1
  • Tina Wyllie Echeverria
    • 2
  1. 1.Southwest Fisheries Center Tiburon LaboratoryNational Marine Fisheries ServiceTiburonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Institute of Marine ScienceUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksU.S.A.

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