The starry rockfish (Sebastes constellatus), also known as the spotted corsair, spotted rockfish, chinafish, and red rock cod, is a species of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the subfamily Sebastinae, the rockfishes, part of the family Scorpaenidae. It is found in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The starry rockfish was first formally described as Sebastichthys constellatus in 1880 by the American ichthyologists David Starr Jordan and Charles Henry Gilbert with the type locality given as the coast of California. Some authorities place this species in the subgenus Sebastomus. The specific name constellatus means "studded with stars” an allusion to the many star-shaped spots on the head and body.
The starry rockfish has a robust, rhombus-shaped body which has a depth of just under a third of its standard length. The body is covered in scales. It has 13-14 spines and 12-14 soft rays in its dorsal fin while it’s anal fin has 3 spines and 5-7 soft ra