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Phytichthys chirus  (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880)

Ribbon prickleback
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Stichaeidae (Pricklebacks) > Xiphisterinae
Etymology: Phytichthys: Greek, phyton = plant + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 12 m (Ref. 2850).   Temperate, preferred ?; 66°N - 32°N

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Eastern Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska to southern California, USA.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 69 - 78; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 2-3; Anal soft rays: 40 - 50. Caudal rounded; pectorals very small (Ref. 6885). Olive green to olive dark brown dorsally, yellow to green ventrally, frequently with darker markings on side, small white spots sometimes evident along midside, 4 light and dark streaks reaching back and down from eyes, fins green to brown tinged with yellow (Ref. 6885).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found under rocks in intertidal areas and to about 12 m depth (Ref. 2850). Feeds on crustaceans, and red and green algae (Ref. 6885).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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