Psychrolutes sigalutes (Jordan & Starks, 1895)
Soft sculpin
Psychrolutes sigalutes
photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.

Family:  Psychrolutidae (Fatheads)
Max. size:  8.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 225 m
Distribution:  Northeast Pacific: Bering Sea to southern Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 22-22; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 14-15. Dorsal spines and rays covered with skin; caudal rounded; pelvic fins partly attached to body (Ref. 6885). Color variable, changing rapidly; translucent pink to gray or brown on dorsal surface, lighter on fins; pectoral fins pale or bright orange; some dark spots on fins and vague darker markings on body; sometimes spotted; eyes orange (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  Occurs in rocky areas, among sponges; also found on soft bottoms (Ref. 2850).
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 - 31.07.06
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.07.94

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