1. Large mouth with prominent canine teeth. 2. Long, even spinous dorsal separated by notch just before soft rear dorsal.
1 1/2 - 3 1/2 ft. max 5 ft.
Numerous dark spots and several darkish blotches. Can lighten and darken with background. After mating, males guard masses of white eggs; guarding males often dark black. Occasional Alaska through California.