Blepsias bilobus Cuvier, 1829
Crested sculpin
photo by Van Orden, W.

Family:  Agonidae (Poachers), subfamily: Hemitripterinae
Max. size:  25 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 250 m
Distribution:  North Pacific: northern Sea of Japan to the Bering Sea and to northern British Columbia, Canada; more common in the northwestern Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-22; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 18-20. Caudal fin rounded. Pelvic fins small.
Biology:  Found near shore (Ref. 2850); often well above the bottom (Ref. 48798).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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