Blepsias cirrhosus (Pallas, 1814)
Silverspotted sculpin
photo by Love, M.

 Family:  Hemitripteridae (Sea ravens or sailfin sculpins)
 Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 150 m
 Distribution:  North Pacific: Sea of Japan to the Bering Sea and to San Simeon, central California, USA.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-25; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 18-21. Caudal fin rounded. Pelvic fins small.
 Biology:  Occurs in intertidal areas and to 37 m depth, but more common in subtidal areas (Ref. 2850). Often found among algae (Ref. 2850). Adults inject eggs into the tissue near the gastral cavity of a sponge to use as a spawning bed (Ref. 34818).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.07.94

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