Icelinus borealis Gilbert, 1896
Northern sculpin
photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.

Family:  Cottidae (Sculpins)
Max. size:  10.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 9 - 310 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska to Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Caudal fin well rounded; pelvic fins small, frequently curved (Ref. 6885). Color dark olive gray or brown on dorsal surface, lighter below; dark saddles, usually four, across body; fine dark brown bars on head and all fins except anal; black spots on the fringe of the dorsal fin dark in males (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  Found on soft or shell bottoms (Ref. 2850). Feeds on shrimps (Ref. 4925). Occurs at minimum depth of 9 m (Ref. 06885).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 08.08.07
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.09.96

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