Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Myoxocephalus: Greek, myos = muscle, and also, mouse + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 680 m (Ref. 50550), usually ? - 80 m (Ref. 43939). Temperate
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 43 - 51 cm
Max length : 74.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56527); max. published weight: 8.0 kg (Ref. 56527)
Morphology | Morphometrics
North Pacific: Chukchi Sea to Bearing Sea, eastern Aleutian Is., and Gulf of Alaska to Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet; SE Alaska at Limestone Inlet; to Okhotsk and Japan seas as far as northern North Korea.
Found in shallow waters (Ref. 2850), on sand and mud bottoms from intertidal zone to depths often not greater than 80 m; seldom caught deeper than 150 m (Ref. 43939).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mecklenburg, C.W., T.A. Mecklenburg and L.K. Thorsteinson, 2002. Fishes of Alaska. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. xxxvii +1037 p. (Ref. 43939)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00424 - 0.01421), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for species & (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.7 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec=10-100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (58 of 100) .