Eastern Pacific: Cape Resurrection, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska to Point Buchon, central California, USA.
Inhabit rocky reefs, mainly at depths greater than 10 m.
Solitary and territorial, defending a home crevice among rocks. Juveniles pelagic. Viviparous.
Quickly changes color when disturbed or when there is a change in lighting.
Caught infrequently and incidentally marketed as rockfish.
Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums.