Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus (Pallas, 1814)
Great sculpin
photo by Gotshall, D.W.

 Family:  Cottidae (Sculpins)
 Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 9,000.0 g
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 775 m, amphidromous
 Distribution:  North Pacific: Hokkaido, Japan and Kamchatka, Russia through the Aleutian Islands to the Bering Sea coast of Alaska and Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 11-13. Caudal fin slightly rounded (Ref. 6885). Color deep olive on dorsal surface with 4 dark saddles across back; ventral surface pale; brown bars running downward on relaxed unpaired and paired pectoral fins (Ref. 6885).
 Biology:  Occurs in the intertidal area and to 244 m depth, on sand and mud bottoms (Ref. 2850). Feeds on small fishes (Ref. 4925). Often caught near shore (Ref. 2850).
 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: Orlov, Alexei - 23.03.06
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 13.07.94

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