Cottunculus microps Collett, 1875
Polar sculpin
photo by Zimmermann, C.

Family:  Psychrolutidae (Fatheads)
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 165 - 1342 m
Distribution:  North Atlantic: English Channel, North Sea, Norwegian coastline, Svalbard, southwestern Barents Sea, off Spitzbergen, Bear Island, the Faeroes and Iceland, southeastern coasts of Greenland. Western Atlantic: New Jersey, USA to Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada and Greenland.
Diagnosis:  Four bony knobs between and behind the eyes. Skin very rough. Body with 3-4 broad, dark vertical bands (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Benthic (Ref. 58426). Feeds on polychaetes, mysids, amphipods and pycnogonids. Spawns probably from June to July, ovarian eggs large and few (up to 220) (Ref. 6696). Female lays 200 eggs with a length of 4.5-5 mm (Ref. 35388).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 14.03.94
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 03.07.07

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