Icelus sekii Tsuruoka, Munehara & Yabe, 2006
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Family:  Cottidae (Sculpins)
Max. size:  5.33 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 20 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal soft rays: 12-13; Vertebrae: 36-37. Distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: supraocular and parietal spines absent; nuchal spine obscure; uppermost preopercular spine unbranched; no scales between dorsal scale row and lateral line scale row, and no scales below lateral line scale row; supraocular, parietal, and nuchal cirri present; five dark brown saddles dorsolaterally; 13 anal fin rays; 15 pectoral fin rays; vertebrae 12 + 24-25 = 36-37. Male holotype with a secondary sexual character, a unique ensiform flaps on the distal tips of the first dorsal fin (Ref. 58328).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.05.07

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