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This is the Blackbelly Rosefish:
Yes, it really is this brightly colored! You can see photographs of it on Google Images. He is about 15" long on my piece.
Latin Name: Helicolenus dactylopterus
Habitat: Eastern Atlantic Ocean from Norway to South Africa, and the Mediterranean Sea; and Western Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Venezuela.
Depth: 330 to 1600 feet
16-18" and 2-3 pounds
Notes: This is a type of scorpionfish. Color is variable. Spines contain toxic venom.
I am just getting started on the Painted Comber: