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Chirolophis nugator  (Jordan & Williams, 1895)

Mosshead warbonnet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Stichaeidae (Pricklebacks) > Chirolophinae
Etymology: Chirolophis: Greek, cheir = hand + Greek, lophos = crest (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 20 - 80 m (Ref. 51666).   Temperate

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 53 - 55; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 37 - 42. Caudal rounded (Ref. 6885). Color variable- males brownish, sometimes with a red tinge; pale spots rimmed with darker on sides of body; spots fainter, smaller, and more numerous dorsally on sides; light on lower part of head with several brown streaks; white on pelvic fins and anterior part of anal fin; other fins with brown pigment spots in bands forming faint bars. Females nearly plain brown on body; in line spread along middle of dorsal fin about 13 dark spots each surrounded by a clear area to form prominent ocelli (Ref. 6885).

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Eastern Pacific: Aleutian Islands, Alaska to San Miguel Island, southern California, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Usually in intertidal and subtidal rocky areas (Ref. 2850, 51666). Sometimes hides in crevices and tubeworms holes with only head protruding (Ref. 2850).

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

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.