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Red Irish Lords range from the Bering Sea (Russia) south to Monterey Bay (California, U.S.A.) (this species is common in Alaska, but rare in California).They are found near shore in rocky areas from the intertidal zone to around 50 m. This is the most common Hemilepidotus species and is sometimes caught on baited hooks; it is reportedly good eating.
These colorful fish lay their egg masses in intertidal areas during the spring. Adults feed on crabs, barnacles, and mussels.
(Boschung et al. 1983; Eschmeyer and Herald 1983)