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Sebastes mentella (Redfish; Ocean perch; Deepwater redfish; Beaked redfish; Atlantic ocean perch; Deepwater rosefish)

Synonyms: Sebastichthys mentella
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Wikipedia Abstract

The deepwater redfish (Sebastes mentella), also known as the beaked redfish, ocean perch, Atlantic redfish, Norway haddock, red perch, golden redfish, or hemdurgan, may reach a size of 55–70 centimetres (22–28 in), but is usually less than 45 centimetres (18 in). It lives in comparatively high concentrations in the North Atlantic, for example in the Irminger Sea where considerable numbers are fished. It occupies depths between 300 and 1,000 metres (980 and 3,280 ft) and is often pelagic, i.e. far off the bottom. The deep-sea redfish feeds on a variety of food organisms, for example small fishes. In contrast to most fishes that spawn unfertilised eggs, the deepwater redfish has internal fertilisation and spawns free-living larvae.
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Female Maturity [1]  13 years
Male Maturity [3]  10 years
Maximum Longevity [1]  75 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Saguenay - St. Lawrence Marine Park National Marine Conservation Area II 310822 Canada
Sirmilik National Park II 5475284 Canada

Prey / Diet

Apherusa glacialis[4]
Arctozenus risso (Spotted barracudina)[5]
Arrhis phyllonyx[4]
Bathyarca glacialis (glacial bathyark)[4]
Bolinopsis infundibulum (Common northern comb jelly)[4]
Boreogadus saida (Polar cod)[4]
Calanus finmarchicus[4]
Calanus glacialis[4]
Calanus hyperboreus[4]
Chauliodus sloani (Dannevig's dragonfish)[5]
Clione limacina (Naked sea butterfly)[4]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[4]
Coryphaenoides rupestris (Roundnose grenadier)[4]
Cucumaria frondosa (Orange-footed sea cucumber)[4]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[4]
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)[4]
Limacina helicina (helicid pteropod)[4]
Limacina retroversa (retrovert pteropod)[4]
Mallotus villosus (Capelin)[6]
Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Norwegian krill)[4]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[4]
Mendicula ferruginosa (rusty axinopsid)[4]
Mertensia ovum (Sea walnut)[4]
Metridia longa[4]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[4]
Molpadia borealis[4]
Myctophum punctatum (spotted laternfish)[4]
Nemichthys scolopaceus (Atlantic snipe eel)[5]
Oikopleura dioica[4]
Oithona setigera[4]
Onisimus glacialis[4]
Onisimus nanseni[4]
Pandalus borealis (northern shrimp)[4]
Paraeuchaeta glacialis[4]
Paraeuchaeta norvegica[4]
Paralepis coregonoides (Barracudina)[4]
Parastichopus tremulus[4]
Pollachius virens (Sillock)[4]
Sebastes mentella (Redfish)[4]
Sebastes viviparus (Atlantic ocean perch)[4]
Themisto abyssorum[4]
Themisto libellula[4]
Thyasira gouldi (Northern hatchet-shell)[4]
Thysanoessa inermis[4]
Thysanoessa longicaudata[4]
Thysanoessa raschii (Arctic krill)[4]
Yoldiella solidula[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alca torda (Razorbill)1
Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)1
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)1
Artediellus atlanticus (Atlantic hookear)1
Atheresthes stomias (Turbot)1
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)1
Balaenoptera physalus (Fin Whale)1
Boreogadus saida (Polar cod)1
Careproctus reinhardti (Longfin seasnail)1
Cepphus grylle (Black Guillemot)1
Cystophora cristata (Hooded Seal)1
Delphinapterus leucas (Beluga)1
Erignathus barbatus (Bearded Seal)1
Etmopterus spinax (Black centrina)1
Fratercula arctica (Atlantic Puffin)1
Fulmarus glacialis (Northern Fulmar)1
Gadus chalcogrammus (Whiting)1
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)1
Gaidropsarus argentatus (Treebearded rockling)1
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)1
Hexagrammos stelleri (Greenling)1
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)1
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)1
Hoplostethus atlanticus (Slimehead)1
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)1
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)1
Liparis gibbus (Dusky snailfish)1
Lycodes esmarkii (Esmark's eelpout)1
Lycodes reticulatus (Arctic eelpout)1
Macrourus berglax (smoothspined grenadier)1
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)1
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)1
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)1
Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)1
Pagellus bogaraveo (Sea-bream)1
Pagophilus groenlandicus (Harp Seal)1
Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)1
Pollachius virens (Sillock)1
Pusa hispida (Ringed Seal)1
Rajella fyllae (Round ray)1
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)1
Rissa tridactyla (Black-legged Kittiwake)1
Stercorarius parasiticus (Parasitic Jaeger)1
Triglops murrayi (Moustache sculpin)1
Uria aalge (Common Murre)1
Uria lomvia (Thick-billed Murre)1


Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)[4]
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)[4]
Anotopterus pharao (Daggertooth)[4]
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)[4]
Brosme brosme (Tusk)[4]
Cystophora cristata (Hooded Seal)[4]
Delphinapterus leucas (Beluga)[4]
Fulmarus glacialis (Northern Fulmar)[4]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[4]
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)[4]
Larus hyperboreus (Glaucous Gull)[4]
Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)[4]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[4]
Pusa hispida (Ringed Seal)[4]
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)[4]
Rissa tridactyla (Black-legged Kittiwake)[4]
Sebastes mentella (Redfish)[4]
Somniosus microcephalus (gray shark)[7]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[8]
Anomalotrema koiae[8]
Bothriocephalus angusticeps <Unverified Name>[8]
Bothriocephalus scorpii[8]
Corynosoma strumosum[8]
Derogenes varicus[8]
Diphyllobothrium plerocercoid <Unverified Name>[8]
Echinorhynchus gadi[8]
Grillotia erinaceus[8]
Hemiurus levinseni[8]
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[8]
Lecithaster gibbosus[8]
Neoechinorhynchus rutili[8]
Pelichnibothrium speciosum[8]
Podocotyle reflexa[8]
Pseudoterranova decipiens[8]
Pyramicocephalus phocarum[8]
Scolex pleuronectis <Unverified Name>[8]
Scolex polymorphus <Unverified Name>[8]


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Baffin Bay; Canada; East Greenland Shelf/Sea; Eastern Atlantic: Norwegian Sea from Lofoten Island northward to the western and northern coasts of Spitsbergen; southern part of the Barents Sea rarely to 35°E , on the Iceland-Faroes Ridge, Iceland and Greenland. Western Atlantic: Baffin Bay to Nova ; Eastern Atlantic: Norwegian Sea from Lofoten Island northward to the western and northern coasts of Spitsbergen; southern part of the Barents Sea rarely to 35°E , on the Iceland-Faroes Ridge, Iceland and Greenland. Western Atlantic: Baffin Bay to Nova Scotia in Canada (Ref. 7251).; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; Greenland; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Scotian Shelf; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; West Greenland Shelf;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Food and Feeding of Ocean Redfish (Sebastes mentella Travin) in the North Atlantic, Concepción González and Isabel Bruno, NAFO SCR Doc. 97/92 (1997)
6The role of capelin (Mallotus villosus) in the foodweb of the Barents Sea, A. V. Dolgov, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: 1034–1045. 2002
7McMeans, Bailey C., et al. "The role of Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus) in an Arctic ecosystem: assessed via stable isotopes and fatty acids." Marine Biology 160.5 (2013): 1223+. Academic OneFile. Web. 14 July 2014.
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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