An Historical Review of Sebastes Taxonomy and Systematics

Kendall, Jr. , Arthur W. (2000) An Historical Review of Sebastes Taxonomy and Systematics. Marine Fisheries Review, 62(2), pp. 1-23.

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Following the initial description of a species of Sebastes from the Atlantic in the late 1700’s, in the late 1800’s the incredible taxonomic diversity of the genus began to be recognized as more species were discovered in northeast Pacific waters. With over 100 species, most of them from the North Pacific, the genus Sebastes (rockfishes) now presents taxonomic problems at every level. For example, although early efforts to understand relationships among the species resulted in the erection of several subgenera, those and more recent efforts remain largely unsuccessful. Also, the position of the genus within the order Scorpaeniformes, as well as the limits of the genus and the validity of some species are all unresolved. This paper examines the worldwide history and status of taxonomic studies on Sebastes, and reviews the 23 subgenera that have been erected over the years. This review of research, which includes morphological and genetic studies, provides a framework against which to evaluate studies using new genetic techniques.

Item Type: Article
Title: An Historical Review of Sebastes Taxonomy and Systematics
Personal Creator/Author:
Kendall, Jr. , Arthur W.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 62
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 1-23
Date: 2000
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9777
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:24
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:24

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